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Shocker! Amnesty Will Add Millions To O-Care

An act of random journalism from The Hill:

Immigration reform could add millions of people under Obama health law

By Elise Viebeck | January 26, 2013

Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama’s healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers.

The hell you say!

Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, which will launch next year…

But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish — an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy that includes a path to legalization…

[And] the consequences for Obama’s signature healthcare law, as well as healthcare providers, could be huge.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the legalization of undocumented people would benefit hospitals now burdened by uncompensated care.

Naturally. How can it hurt to add 11 million (or 20 million) more people to ‘free healthcare’?

If nothing changes, undocumented immigrants will be a major share of the uninsured, second only to those who are eligible but do not apply for coverage under the healthcare law in 2014, according to the Urban Institute…

But don’t worry, they don’t have to pay the tax/penalty for not having insurance. And they won’t even if they are given amnesty.

"I think hospitals and healthcare providers would see it as a huge plus," Grijalva said, referring to an immigration policy that legalizes undocumented people and makes them eligible for federal benefits…

Absolutely! And free government provided healthcare is just one of the federal benefits they will now reap.

"The bottom line is, these people would be contributing toward their own healthcare and not being dependent. They’d be paying taxes. I’d see that as a plus rather than a negative," he said.

Will they be paying taxes? Or will they be in the 47% who do not pay any income tax, and who instead get other people’s tax money given to them?

The idea of providing "ObamaCare" benefits to immigrants has long inflamed partisan rancor.

Most famously, it prompted Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) to shout "You lie!" during Obama’s 2009 healthcare address on the House floor, when the president pledged that healthcare reform would not cover undocumented aliens.

Will the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party now apologize to Mr. Wilson?

Looking ahead, it is possible that immigration changes could upend the law’s cost picture, which is already of major concern to critics…

Again, how can adding another 11 to 20 million people to Obama-Care make the cost go up? That is just fearmongering.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Shocker! Amnesty Will Add Millions To O-Care”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Yippee! Totally broke!!

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