By the standards that the New York Times editors are holding to in their editorial in support of the idea that healthcare coverage, in the form that it assumes in the bills making their way through the Congress, will not apply to illegal immigrants:
Mr. Obama didn’t lie. The bills before Congress declare illegal immigrants to be ineligible for subsidized benefits. It is impossible to imagine any final bill doing otherwise. Mr. Wilson was a boor, but some Republicans still insist that he was right because the bill doesn’t ensure that the undocumented have no insurance.
The standard is declaration without implementation or enforcement and it suggests a simple, inexpensive way to achieve universal healthcare insurance coverage in the United States. It can be done in just a few words:
The United States has universal healthcare insurance.
See? Just seven words. On to the next problem.
For some reason I don’t think that’s going to satisfy too many people.
There are intrinsic contradictions in the discourse on healthcare reform. Those who genuinely believe that healthcare is a right and that the United States should have universal healthcare coverage to effect that right must also believe that healthcare should be extended to immigrants, legal or illegal and should pay for abortions. Without those provisions it wouldn’t be universal. I don’t see any compromise that can reconcile that view with the view that we shouldn’t cover illegal immigrants and we shouldn’t pay for abortions out of the public purse.