Saturday, September 12, 2009

The White House Agrees With Joe Wilson?

Rep. Joe Wilson said, "You lie!" when President Obama claimed illegal immigrants won't be able to participate in Obamacare. Several news organizations have fact checked Obama's statement and found it inaccurate. One of the main claims Wilson and other Republicans have been making is that there is no requirement for verification of citizenship status in the bills. Republicans had made several efforts to amend the bills for this requirement, but the amendments were voted down on straight party line votes. In a late afternoon policy dump, the White House is backing a provision that would require proof of citizenship before someone could enroll in a plan selected on the exchange.

From MSNBC First Read:
The bullet points sent tonight by the White House:

* Verification will be required when purchasing health insurance on the exchange. One option is the SAVE program (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) which states currently use to make sure that undocumented immigrants don't participate in safety-net programs for which they are ineligible.

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