Yes, the House bill does: William Jacobson has been reading HR 3200, and finds,
… if the standard is the full House Bill, HR3200, then it appears that Obama was incorrect. There is nothing in HR3200 that excludes illegal aliens from the various coverage provisions (with a few limited exceptions). The Congressional Research Service agrees with this assessment (full report embedded below). For example, with regard to health care exchanges, the CRS found:
H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens – whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently – participating in the Exchange.
Since the Obama administration wanted a full House vote passing HR3200 prior to the August recess, Obama was okay with a bill that included illegal aliens.
As President Obama addresses the nation on health care reform, a new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 6.6 million uninsured illegal immigrants could receive benefits under the House health reform bill (H.R. 3200). While the bill states that illegal immigrants are not eligible for the new taxpayer-funded
affordability credits, there is nothing in the bill to enforce this provision.
Congress defeated efforts to require the use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. More than 70 other programs of this kind use SAVE.
Doug Ross has other points regarding the public option, how to pay for socialized medicine, and Medicare cuts.
As I write this, Obama is giving yet another televised speech in as many days, saying, one more time, “Now is the time to act.”
Silvio Canto debated Obama’s speech on Spanish-language TV last night.
In an unrelated subject, I’m having technical problems today and won’t be able to do a podcast.