Actually, Covering the Undocumented Would Be Cheaper

Rep. Joe Wilson gave a bumbling, stumbling response to his comments last night.

Once again the media has taken one sensationalistic remark and let it overshadow the entire speech last night, which was a political winner for reform. Everyone should grow up. But it's worth digging down into the substance of the claims and the actual policy behind it, because there are some important points to be made.

Right now, the way things are, undocumented immigrants (there are no illegal people) can go to an emergency room and get treatment. They can purchase their own health insurance. They can go to a free clinic. They can, in a variety of ways, access health care if they need it.

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