When a big-government Republican was president, Rep. Wilson voted to give free prescription drugs to illegal aliens
just plain embarrassing. Ilana Mercer writes
Joe Wilson knows of what he speaks. South Carolina’s Republican representative is what one of my readers has dubbed deliciously a “subject matter expert” on providing federal health benefits to illegal aliens.
Wilson voted “Yea” for the Bush “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.” Not only did this drug benefit add trillions to the Medicare shortfall, it translated into a bonanza for illegal immigrants.
Tucked away in Section 1011, titled the “Federal Reimbursement Of Emergency Health Services Furnished To Undocumented Aliens,” the Act specifies that:
[T]he Secretary shall pay the amount … determined under paragraph (2) directly to eligible providers located in the State for the provision of eligible services to aliens described in paragraph (5) … aliens described in this paragraph are any of the following: (A) Undocumented aliens. (B) Aliens who have been paroled into the United States at a United States port of entry for the purpose of receiving eligible services. (C) Mexican citizens permitted to enter the United States for not more than 72 hours under the authority of a biometric machine readable border crossing identification card. …
Thus when Wilson indecorously, but correctly, called Obama out for lying about the ins-and-outs of H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” he was speaking as one of 204 Republicans to have endorsed Bush’s 2003 medical monstrosity. Clearly, Wilson and his colleagues know a thing or two about hiding goodies bilked from taxpayers in the 1011th Section of a hefty bill. [Read the whole article.]
So, in 2003, Wilson voted for one of the largest expansions in federal spending in history, to make prescription drugs freely available to everyone in the country, including illegal aliens. Yet in 2009 this same Wilson was so steamed
about Obama’s national health bill covering illegal aliens and about Obama’s denials of that fact, that he lost control of himself and yelled from the House floor, “You lie” to the president of the United States.
What’s all this about? Is Wilson just a complete phony, or what?
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Terry Morris writes:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 18, 2009 01:55 AM | Send
Yet in 2009 this same Wilson was so steamed about Obama’s national health bill covering illegal aliens and about Obama’s denials of that fact, that he lost control of himself and yelled from the House floor, “You lie” to the president of the United States.
I won’t defend Wilson on this because I simply find it unconscionable for a supposedly “conservative” Republican to go along with the centralization of healthcare in America under any circumstances. In point of fact, I think that any genuine conservative position on this question must begin with the premise that centralized healthcare is self-destructive and unAmerican, not to mention extra-constitutional. But I think there might be more to Wilson’s outburst than what virtually everyone is saying …
If you’ll watch the video of Hussein’s … lecture, you’ll see that he is provoking opponents of “Obamacare” leading up to the moment that Wilson had apparently heard enough, calling them irresponsible, liars and so forth. Whether Hussein is provoking them purposely is irrelevant. He’s doing it, end of story. Different people have different tolerance thresholds as you well know. Mr. Wilson’s was evidently met at the point that Hussein, after provoking him and his colleagues with lies and insults, added insult to injury by lying about the non-prohibition prohibition on illegal alien coverage in his illegitimate healthcare plan.
But again, Wilson is no conservative. If he were he’d oppose federal healthcare on the basis that healthcare is beyond the scope of the federal government’s function, the commerce clause and Nancy Pelosi notwithstanding.
What we have here in Wilson is a prime example of the U.E.. He isn’t opposed to government takeover of the healthcare industry per se, he’s opposed to the unprecedented pace Hussein and the Communist Democrats are setting with “Obamacare.” But I think his outburst was, again, brought about mainly by Hussein’s provocation of he and colleagues, not a principled conservative opposition to the plan.
“The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” ~Is. 9: 7
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