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Myths? Not really

August 28, 2009

President Obama’s weekly radio address last week was aimed at dispelling the “outrageous myths” about the health care bill.  The first myth he discussed was the myth that illegal aliens would be eligible for government health care.

Funny. One of the groups buying into that myth is the Congressional Research Service. Normally their documents aren’t public record. But the SFExaminer got a copy and posted it online. The document’s summary has this to say:


Thus, legal permanent residents, and noncitizens and unauthorized aliens who qualify as resident aliens (i.e., meet the substantial presence test), would be required under H.R. 3200 to have health insurance.

Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner commented on the same Congressional Research Service report. He adds:

CRS also notes that the bill has no provision for requiring those seeking coverage or services to provided proof of citizenship.

Several amendments to HR3200 were aimed at using the existing citizenship verification programs to keep illegal aliens from using the government programs. All of those amendments were rejected.

So, is this still a myth?


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