Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 05:01 PM
Nearly two years after shouting “You lie” at President Barack Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson says he has been vindicated.
Wilson was heavily criticized for breaching decorum by yelling out during Obama’s speech outlining his healthcare plans. But now he says he has been proved right, according to The Hill.
Wilson’s outburst came after Obama said illegal immigrants would not benefit under his plan.
“The reforms I am proposing would not apply to those what are here illegally,” the president said.
But Wilson says $8.5 million of a $28.8 million award to community healthcare centers has been specifically set aside to help seasonal and migrant farm workers, and that the clinics have been told not to ask for immigration status.
"It is clearly providing money that should be going to American citizens not to illegal immigrants," he told the Fox News show “America Live.”
"It's even worse than I thought,” he added.“They won't even ask for status."
Wilson’s assertion came after Health Resources and Services Administration spokeswoman Judy Andrews told CNS News that the clinics would not ask patients’ whether they are in the country legally.
“The Program’s authorizing statute does not affirmatively address immigration status,” Andrews said.”Rather, it simply states that health centers are required to provide primary health care to all residents of the health center’s service area without regard for ability to pay.
“Health centers do not, as a matter of routine practice, ask about or collect data on citizenship or other matters not related to the treatment needs of the patients seeking health services at the center.”
According to Wilson, that means it is “inevitable that they will serve illegal aliens."
"The president specifically promised the American people that Obamacare would not cover those who are here illegally,” he wrote on his campaign website.“He misled all of us."