For the folks at Webster’s, they ought to place a photo opf Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican from South Carolina, in the slot next to the definition of “hypocrite.”
Wilson –famous for shouting “you lie” at President Obama during the President’s address to Congress on healthcare reform last week, when Obama correctly stated that no funds would go to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants — actually has a record of voting for just that.
From the article in OpenCongress.org:
“…in 2003, Wilson voted to provide federal funds for illegal immigrantsâ€™ healthcare. The vote came on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, which contained Sec. 1011 authorizing $250,000 annually between 2003 and 2008 for government reimbursements to hospitals who provide treatment for uninsured illegal immigrants. The program has been extended through 2009 and there is currently a bipartisan bill in Congress to make it permanent.
Hospitals have a legal obligation to treat everyone who comes in seeking care, regardless of citizenship status, insurance or other characteristics. This means that hospitals treat millions of people every year who donâ€™t have the means to pay. Obviously, this drives up the nationâ€™s healthcare costs overall. Section 1011 helps cushion the costs for hospitals, but itâ€™s not nearly enough to cover the actual costs in most areas.
To be fair, Section 1011 is just a small part of a much larger bill that contained many Republican priorities. Still, Wilsonâ€™s protest against the current healthcare reform proposal giving coverage to illegal immigrants (which is false), is in direct contradiction to his 2003 vote. Allowing illegal immigrants to purchase unsubsidized healthcare through the Exchange that would be set up under the current proposal wouldnâ€™t cost taxpayers a cent, and it would be a step towards fixing the problem that Section 1011 was designed to throw federal money at.”
Hypocrisy, they name is Rep. Joe Wilson.