Rep. Addison Graves “You can call me Joe” Wilson Sr. is the South Carolina Republican who shouted “You lie!” in the middle of the President’s speech last night. Pres. Obama was addressing a joint session of Congress. The topic: healthcare reform.
Members of Congress, I might point out, are part of the government and the joint session is an official function. The British consider themselves so civilized, yet heckling of executive branch officials in Parliament is commonplace. They probably don’t act like that with the Queen, though. What’s the difference? The Prime Minister is the head of government whereas the Queen is the head of state. In the US, President Obama is both head of state and head of government. Heckling the President by officials at an official function is, therefore, just plain and totally unacceptable! Whether you agree with him or not is not the point!
Ok, so Wilson apologized for his outburst. Then, why is he still trying to make money off it? Never mind Wilson lied himself! Illegal immigrants are specifically excluded by the only healthcare reform bill introduced in its entirety so far.
H.R. 3200: Sec 246 — NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS
Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Wilson, whose name isn’t really Joe, says he “let [his] emotions get the best of [him]” even though his claim is just plain wrong! In fact, Medicare and Medicaid prohibit illegals from participating. Also, the Congressional Research Service established healthcare reform wouldn’t permit government-funded coverage of illegals.
It’s pretty obvious, the real liar here is “Joe” Wilson. The House needs to censure Wilson for his outrageous behavior. In the meantime, his idiocy resulted in Wilson’s House webpage crashing and Wikipedia needing to lock his page.
I hope his constituents dump his ass out on the street in the next election.