“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false-the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.” – President Obama, September 9, 2009 to a Joint Session of Congress
When the smoke cleared last night in the House of Representatives, the score was Speaker Pelosi 220 and the American People 215. The Healthcare Welfare Bill, the single largest piece of legislation ever proposed, passed the House with the slimmest of margins. All but one Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana voted against it and 39 Democrats did as well. Still it passed and is headed to the Senate for debate next week. That this sludgislation will eventually pass is all but assured. What it will ultimately contain is still a big question.
One element that will likely cause heated debate in the Senate has to do with coverage for illegal aliens. The President lost his attempt to protect his virtue to Pelosi when she played the race card. How ironic. Madame Speaker pulled in the race team and the twenty Hispanic Caucus votes pushed her over the top proving once and for all what we already knew; Illegal aliens are and always were part of this bill.
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