Oh, sure, they say it isn’t true. But every indication says it is. Consider this report on CBS News’ website:

Asked by CBS News’ Katie Couric in an exclusive interview whether illegal immigrants should be covered under a new health care plan, President Obama responded simply, “no.”

Fantastic, I thought, the President recognizes that his health plan already is so costly (according to CBO estimates) that he is losing Members of his own Party and he realizes that there is no way that he can add on the cost of providing full health care to 11-19 million illegal aliens. But immediately, the President thought of an exception:

The one exception that I think has to be discussed is how are we treating children

Uh, oh. That would be a few million exceptions, although he tried to make it sound like it would be limited to vaccinations and communicable disease control. But he had much worse to tell Couric:

First of all, I’d like to create a situation where we’re dealing with illegal immigration, so that we don’t have illegal immigrants. And we’ve got legal residents or citizens who are eligible for the plan. And I want a comprehensive immigration plan that creates a pathway to achieve that.

Hmmmm, so the reason the President can say that NO he wouldn’t cover illegal aliens with his health plan is because he plans to change their name from “illegal aliens” to “U.S. citizens” and cover them!

I know that Orwellian doublespeak is so common we almost don’t pay attention anymore, but please allow me to state plainly what the President said so obliquely:

The Obama Administration’s hope is that nearly all current illegal aliens will be covered by the emerging new national health plan because they will be re-labeled as legal residents as soon as the amnesty is passed.

In case it isn’t clear, let me also state that the health costs of the 11-19 million illegal aliens to the U.S. taxpayer will be just as high whether they are called illegal aliens or legal residents. I hope the CBO cost counters are paying attention.


The leaders of the U.S. House are playing the same game. They allow language to be put into the health bill (as in many other benefits legislation) that says illegal aliens are not eligible.

But when an amendment is offered to require verification of legal residence before receiving the benefit, Speaker Pelosi’s team demands Party-line votes to kill it.

Friends, don’t let a single politician fool you by talking about supporting language that bars illegal aliens from something. Those words mean nothing unless there is a verification system. And thus far, illegal aliens will not have to prove they are legal residents to get the new federal health coverage.