I think he is, at least on allowing illegal immigrants to participate in the public option.
I have the text of HR 3200 before me and in pdf format.
I cannot find in it any specific wording prohibiting illegal immigrants from participating in the public option, or any mention of immigration status as a condition of eligibility. If HR 3200 does not AFFIRMATIVELY make legal immigration status a requirement, then by default it allows illegal immigrants to participate.
The bill does not need to say that illegal immigrants are permitted for illegal immigrants to enroll into the public option. It only needs to remain silent on their prohibition.
Functionally, it’s the same thing.
Nor is there any requirement to verify the immigration status of plan participants.
The only mention in HR 3200 specifically denying illegal immigrants anything is Section 242 which defines “Affordable Credit Eligible Individual”, page 132, line 19, and again in Section 246, page 143, line 7. But if disclosure of immigration status is not required for eligibility determination, then these sections are functionally inoperative.
Maybe I’ve missed a section somewhere, but I’ve looked carefully. Can anyone find anything that can prove me wrong?