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A Joe Wilson Victory And The Left Attacks?

Posted by TheJOTUS on September 12, 2009

I mentioned the other day Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” outburst during Obama’s speech.  In the past few days, lefty commentators and democrats have spent nearly zero time explaining the Presidents “new” and “improved” healthcare plan.    Instead, they have been busy talking about his lack of decorum and attacking him personally.

At issue, as I wrote earlier, is HR3200 the House version of Obamacare.  It mandates that all individuals in the United States—including illegal aliens—be covered by health insurance. Although it does not provide subsidies for illegal aliens, it does allow them to participate in the “healthcare exchanges.” It also contains a provision which prevents anyone from checking on the citizenship status of any person seeking healthcare.

As you now know, Obama lied and said illegals weren’t covered and Joe called him out on it.  Well low and behold, guess what?  Because of Joe Wilson’s startling lack of decorum, the Senate is close to shoring up the ObamaCare loophole for illegal immigrants the media or the left claimed didn’t exist.  Shocking, I know:

The controversy over Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s shouting out “You Lie!” at the President over his claim that illegal immigrants wouldn’t benefit from health-care reform apparently sparked some reconsideration of the relevant language. “We really thought we’d resolved this question of people who are here illegally, but as we reflected on the President’s speech last night we wanted to go back and drill down again,” said Senator Kent Conrad, one of the Democrats in the talks after a meeting Thursday morning. Baucus later that afternoon said the group would put in a proof of citizenship requirement to participate in the new health exchange…

Those silly forgetful democrats.  They thought it was in there, so no lie!

And then there are the personal attacks.  Nothing surprising, but incredibly weak.  First up is this doucher, notating that Mr. Wilson and his sons receive free healthcare from their employer.  Of course their employer is the United States Armed Forces, which yeah, they get free healthcare.  You know, for anybody not a complete moron, this is laughable:

But it’s patently absurd to argue that, because your employer is providing benefits to you in exchange for your labor — let alone the very real danger of being sent to war for years on end, risking life and limb — that you’re a hypocrite if you oppose having the taxpayer provide them to everybody. Let alone to people who aren’t even citizens!

I’m only slightly less annoyed by the related trope that Congressmen who won’t vote to extend free health care to all citizens should give up their own taxpayer-provided benefits. Our health care system has evolved as one where employers provide benefits for their workers. For government workers — be they military personnel, file clerks at the Commerce Department, or Members of Congress — their employer is the United States taxpayer. It simply doesn’t follow that taking the benefits agreed to as a condition of employment requires extending said benefits to non-employees.

And then finally, you get The Hill bringing to light that Wilson has been taking NoDoz since college.  NoDoz.  A caffeine pill.  Meanwhile, we have the President who is an admitted cokehead but the media never really bothered to discuss that.

Yeah, come to think of it, I remember that Intervention episode.   Thank God they got there early, because, you know, it’s a gateway drug and all.  For the harder stuff like… well, like coke, which our President used to snort.

What it comes down to is Rep. Joe Wilson stood up and called a lie a lie.  And the left is in no hurry to change it.

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