Joe Wilson Heckles President Obama Over Health Coverage for Illegal Immigrants

If you watched President Obama's eloquent address to the joint Congress last night, there is no doubt one moment that sticks in your mind, and unfortunately it probably has nothing to do with health care. Rather, it was most likely Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-NC) inappropriate outburst in the middle of the president's speech that made an impression.

Right around the time that Obama began to clear up some of the nonsense that certain conservative politicians and pundits have been spreading—the "creation" of death panels, federal dollars being used to fund abortions—the virtually unknown representative from North Carolina lost his cool. In response to the president stating, "There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure
illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I'm
proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally," Rep. Wilson shouted, "You lie!"

The response to his heckle was ice cold from Republicans and Democrats alike; few could reconcile the disrespect and lack of decorum demonstrated by Wilson. Sen. John McCain even went on CNN to call Wilson's behavior "totally disrespectful" and demand an apology for the president.

So what has Joe Wilson's panties in a bunch? The fact that there may be some illegal immigrants able to slip through the cracks and obtain health care here in the United States—gasp! Too bad Wilson has clearly not read up on the health care bills being debated by Congress, because various versions currently on the floor specify that illegal immigrants will not be covered. The bill in the Senate Finance Committee reads, “No illegal immigrants will benefit from the health care tax credits,” while the major bill in the house contains a section clearly titled, “No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens.”

Tell us: What did you think about Wilson's outburst? Do you think illegal immigrants should be able to obtain health coverage?

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