HHS Secretary Wants ObamaCare for Illegals Through Citizenship Pathway

By:  Raven Clabough
08/26/2013
       
HHS Secretary Wants ObamaCare for Illegals Through Citizenship Pathway

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging Congress to pass immigration reform so that it may help undocumented individuals gain greater access to healthcare services. As observed by the Daily Caller in February, however, a pathway to citizenship may increase the cost of Obamacare up to $300 billion over a decade.

 

"Well, the [Obamacare] bill is crafted in such a way that those who are undocumented will not have access to the tax credits or shopping in the (health insurance) marketplace. That has been limited, which is, frankly, why — another very keen reason why we need comprehensive immigration reform," Sebelius told a gathering of Latinos in Philadelphia. "Unfortunately, you can't fix — we won't fix the immigration system, unfortunately, through the health care bill, but I think having the immigration bill that passed the Senate, pass the House, would be a huge step," Sebelius added.

Predictably, Sebelius’ remarks drew applause from the crowd.

Sebelius is right, however. Immigration reform would permit currently undocumented individuals access to ObamaCare, an addition that would be costly to the American taxpayers. The online Daily Caller wrote in February, “Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for Obamacare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller.”

Those figures are based on the assumption that the law’s provision capping a total spending on exchange subsidies will begin in 2019. If that provision was not to be enforced, the estimate increases to anywhere from $210 billion to $300 billion. In addition to the added cost of ObamaCare in the event that a pathway to citizenship is passed, the average American would experience a benefit cut of approximately $1,100 annually.

And the long-term effects of adding current illegals to ObamaCare benefits are even worse. The Daily Caller reported:

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Photo of Obama with National Council of La Raza (the race) Janet Murguia: AP Images

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