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American Opinion: On health care coverage for illegal immigrants:

An excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States.

From The Associated Press

On health care coverage forillegal immigrants:

When President Obama addressed Congress last month he made a promise. "There are also those who claim that our (health care) reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false - the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, yelled, "You lie," which made that section of the president's speech a part of every newscast.

Illegal immigrants technically are not covered in the bill. However, the health care bill that the Senate Finance Committee likely will pass today does not contain anymechanism to keep illegals from receiving benefits. ...

Democrats seem to think we can trust illegal immigrants not to abuse the system. ... Expecting those who enter the United States by breaking immigration laws to respect the medical ones could be described in another word: naive.

... Illegal immigrants already receive federal medical benefits, according to the Congressional Research Service, some of them illegally. Indeed, illegals do lie to get health benefits, and we don't do much to catch them. ...

If Mr. Wilson was wrong when he said "You lie," now would be a good time for Mr. Obama to tell Democrats that he really meant no benefits for illegal immigrants.

-- The Washington Times

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