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You still lie, Mr. President

Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson gained national attention last September when he blurted out “You lie!” in the middle of the President’s healthcare speech to Congress?

Rep. Wilson objected to the President’s statement that illegal immigrants would not be covered under the proposed healthcare proposal.

Well, it’s go time on healthcare reform and it looks like coverage for illegal immigrants is in the works:

…[Democratic party] leaders have their work cut out for them in the House to garner the 216 votes they need to pass the Senate bill and a corresponding package of changes.

New York Rep. Nydia Velasquez, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said her group is in talks with party leaders to change the Senate’s restrictions to bar illegal immigrants from purchasing insurance on the exchanges.

The President lies.  Democrats are liars.

At this point, what are the odds that left wing goodies like this are NOT included in the final legislation?  This is a literal cramdown of  enormous proportions and a travesty of the American political system.  W hat a disgrace…

UPDATE. Via Ed Morrissey, the Hill reports that the members of the CHC can be swayed:

…[O]ne member of the Hispanic Caucus said that, when the issue was raised in November, Cuellar was the only Hispanic Democrat who vowed not to bring down the House healthcare bill over the Senate’s tougher treatment of undocumented workers.

On Wednesday, Cuellar said he doubted he would be alone if it happens again.

“If [the Senate language] comes up for a vote over here, I think there will be other folks who’ll be with me in not voting no over that language,” he said. “Are you going to stop the whole thing because of this provision here? I almost hate to say this, but it’s a cost-benefit analysis, a big-picture view.”

That’s the argument Cuellar said he expects to hear from Obama at Thursday’s meeting.

Of course that’s what the CHC will hear from the President.  The underlying narrative in the push for reform over the last few weeks has been the “fall-on-your-sword and we’ll work out the kinks later” meme.  The abortion issue will be tougher for Democrats to overcome than immigration, but in the end I think the CHC will cave.  I hope I’m wrong.

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