The U.S. Capitol (Pic by jcolman)
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Joe ‘You lie!’ Wilson says he’s ‘vindicated’ by new community health center grants

By | 08.17.11 | 6:41 pm

Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who famously yelled, “You lie!” at President Obama during a state of the Union address, is trying to rake in cash because he says he was right along.

Wilson’s campaign website is now touting that he has been “vindicated.” He says the Obama administration has proven that his claim that people who are in the U.S. illegally will be covered by the federal health care reform law of 2011 is right.

According to his website:

Nearly two years ago I made national news when I voiced your outrage at the misrepresentations being perpetuated by the Obama administration. The media and Obama’s liberal allies attacked me for only pointing out the truth that ObamaCare would cover illegal immigrants.

Yesterday, my point was vindicated when the Department of Health and Human Services announced its newest ObamaCare grant. CNS News reported:

“Because the health care centers receiving $8.5 million in ObamaCare money ‘to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers’ will not check the immigration status of the migrant workers who seek their services it is inevitable that they will serve illegal aliens.”

The president specifically promised the American people that ObamaCare would not cover those who are here illegally. He misled all of us.

Two independent Florida clinics were included in the list of community health centers receiving grant money from the Affordable Care Act.

The claim that Wilson was “vindicated” by the new grant announcement is a stretch. He yelled, “You lie!” when Obama said in his speech, ”There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

Even though community health centers do not check for immigration status, that does not meant those here illegally will be insured under the Affordable Care Act. Community health centers are currently being strengthened under the new health care reform law because they provide access to health care to underserved populations, but they are not insurers.

Wilson is using the opportunity to ask for campaign donations on his website.

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