Katie Couric's Notebook: Wilson's War

South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson is in the penalty box today for his outburst last night during President Obama's speech to Congress.

When the President denied that health care reforms will extend insurance to illegal immigrants, Wilson went all WWE, shouting out "you lie," much to the chagrin of his colleagues, especially Nancy Pelosi.

Section 246 of the House bill does specifically forbid federal credits for illegal immigrants. But, like everything in this behemoth issue, it's complicated.

The Pew Hispanic Center estimated that 59 percent of illegal adult residents have no insurance, and many head to emergency rooms for care, which we all end up paying for. Back in July, President Obama told me the plan won't give them benefits, but he added exceptions may have to be made for their children.

So it's confusing and many details still have to be sorted out. But that does not excuse a Congressman's boorish behavior. Hopefully it can all be sorted out without resorting to name calling.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.

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