HEALTH CARE

White House: We Will Bar Illegals

A day after Rep. Joe Wilson yelled "You lie!" during the president’s speech, the White House announced it will prevent illegal immigrants from purchasing health coverage through a mandatory verification process. Hospitals will still be required to provide emergency treatment to illegal immigrants, the White House added. The Obama administration is determined to show illegal immigrants will not benefit from his proposed overhaul, a hot-button issue that could potentially sway public support. A draft of the House bill would allow illegal immigrants to purchase coverage but would prevent them from obtaining government subsidies, while the senators in the “Gang of Six” Senate Finance Committee are revisiting their bill to make sure they are prohibiting illegal aliens from receiving subsidized insurance. A White House spokesman said anyone who wants to purchase coverage will have to show verification of their immigration status in the new proposed insurance marketplace.