Lawmakers push back on call to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants

Lawmakers push back on call to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants
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A group of nine House Republicans from California is calling on the Obama administration to reject a request from the state to allow people in the country illegally to purchase health insurance through ObamaCare.


The lawmakers, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, wrote a letter to the administration calling for it to reject a waiver application from California that would allow illegal immigrants to buy coverage through ObamaCare as long as they paid full price and did not receive government subsidies. 

ObamaCare specifically bans people in the country illegally from enrolling, the lawmakers point out.

“This brazen attempt to circumvent the will of Congress adds insult to injury for the millions of Americans who have already been aggrieved and misled by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the lawmakers write. 

California’s request stems from a measure signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). 

The Obama administration has not indicated whether it will approve the request.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMore than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows The Memo: GOP attacks bounce off Biden MORE has said that she favors allowing people in the country illegally to enroll if they are paying out of their own pockets for the plans. 

The lawmakers warned that approving the request would be a step toward allowing publicly funded coverage, writing that approving it would “set an improper precedent for other states that could lead to full taxpayer-subsidized healthcare coverage for individuals who are illegally present in the United States.”