[Those mean nasty] Republicans see a backdoor move toward 'amnesty'
By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Post
President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.I like it. He's proving to be very Clintonesque, don't you think? "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky."
He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.
"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.
I suppose technically being the beneficiary of a 'Lewinsky' is not sexual relations, but telling the joint session of congress, "My bill will not cover illegal immigrants..." ("um, because we are going to legalize them"), is technically true, but...