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Main article: "Joe Wilson (U.S. politician) § Outburst during 2009 Presidential address
Wilson's interruption of President Obama's address (at 00:15)
During the speech, the president discussed the health coverage of illegal immigrants, saying: "There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." At this point, South Carolina Republican Rep. "Joe Wilson yelled "You lie!", briefly interrupting the speech. Wilson later issued a statement apologizing for his outburst. On September 15, the House approved a "resolution of disapproval" (as opposed to a formal "censure) against Wilson, on a near party-line 240-179 vote.
The outburst led to media coverage about the issue. Various sources noted that "the House bill denies direct benefits, such as affordability credits, to illegal immigrants. Section 246 of the bill, titled "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS," states: "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States." The bill did, however, require some to purchase health insurance who were not explicitly restricted from the proposed Health Insurance Exchange. The Obama administration later stated that, in the final bill, these people would not be able to participate in the Exchange. Specific language was subsequently included when the Senate healthcare-reform plan was introduced on September 16 which prohibits participation in the insurance exchange by persons not lawfully present in the U.S.
The official, post-speech Republican response was given by Congressman "Charles Boustany of "Louisiana, a former "cardiothoracic surgeon.
With few notable exceptions, Congressional Republicans were silent as their Democratic colleagues applauded various points Obama made during the course of the speech. Republicans also held up copies of the health care bills in objection when Obama spoke and others laughed when Obama said that there are "significant details" to be worked out before a health overhaul can be passed.
"BBC News called Obama's health care speech "one of the most important speeches of his presidency." "The Economist called the speech a "success on several measures". Calling it a triumph of "speech writing "Time magazine praised the speech for its clarity, brevity and limited use of jargon. Other media outlets felt the speech was "too little, too late" to make a difference in the outcome of the health care debate.
The shares of health insurance companies advanced after analysts concluded that the proposal outlined by Obama as good news for healthcare investors. "Citi analyst Charles Boorady was quoted as saying that he expected shares to rise further as passage of health care reform would expand enrollment in plans.
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