Despite the fallout from Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst, in which he accused President Obama of lying on the healthcare issue, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says there is evidence the government is not truthful about publicly-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants.
The organization says the proposed House bill known as America’s Affordable Health Care Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200) would allow illegal aliens to be covered by a government-run public option and would include no verification provisions to prevent them from receiving subsidies to purchase private insurance.
To support its claims, FAIR cites the study conducted by non-partisan Congressional Research Service entitled Treatment of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200 which concluded that the bill does not contain restrictions on noncitizens participating in the health insurance exchange, a scheme which would allow participants to enroll in a government-run program.
"There is no reason why the controversy over whether illegal aliens will be eligible for massive health care subsidies should persist," says Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
"[Its] authors can easily remove the ambiguities from the House bill, and Senate leaders can include specific language barring illegal aliens from all nonemergency benefits in the bill that is being written in that chamber," he adds.