What would the week be without the GOP attacking the Dems for missed opportunities, foibles and political faux pas? Clearly, the “Betray Us” (discounted) ad run by Moveon.org sucked up political oxygen on Capital Hill. And the New York Times now says "it was a mistake to discount the ad!" What? How convenient for this bonfire fuel and bombshell idea cum laude. As I said before, it's GOP over Dems when it comes to machinations and spitting out unstoppable spin. Moveon.org’s Pariser should have saved the money and themselves much grief by securing solid endorsements for a candidate or hosted a hot party, hot debate, or something, but an expensive (discounted) ad…please, you can do better than that.
In case you missed the Democratic debate on health care here is a link with a summary and the positions six of the candidates are putting forth. Heloise pointed out in her debate article that not one candidate, nor the host, Judy Woodruff, raised the question of whether or not illegal immigrants were a part of the universal health care equation. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Hillary said, without missing a beat: “They are not included in my health care plan.” And if you look at her plan, there is no way that they could be based on everyone having to be a registered user or already have some type of plan, where available.
However, I wanted to suggest, as another senator already has, that the tax code be used to get everyone into the system. But that will not exclude illegal aliens, because by law they can pay into and collect social security and live here or in Mexico. Explicitly, they are not a part of the system, but implicitly they are. They will get de facto health care inclusion; believe me. Just as their children enjoy free and legal participation in the education process, even to the exclusion of some American citizens, not to mention lifetime anchor-baby status. So, I wouldn’t shed any tears for illegal aliens just yet on this issue.