By Russell Berman and Mike Lillis - 05/23/13 04:42 PM EDT
“Don’t ask me how, because if I knew, I’d certainly tell you,” he then added with a chuckle.
A group of eight House lawmakers — four Republicans and four Democrats — has been working on an immigration deal, and seven of the lawmakers signed off on an agreement in principle last week. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) is the lone holdout.
The question of how immigrants in the country illegally will receive and pay for healthcare has been the final sticking point. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed Thursday that taxpayers will not cover any healthcare costs for the illegal immigrants in line for citizenship under immigration reform.
“It is stated very clearly in the Affordable Care Act [and] it is our position in the immigration bill: no access to subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. Secondly, no access to Medicaid; no cost to the taxpayer,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “That has always been the Democratic position.”
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