No doubt this will be a selling point for Obamacare aimed at rightwing extremists: House and Senate Health Reform Bills Prohibit Subsidies to Illegal Aliens
Both the House and Senate versions of President Obama’s health care reform plans contain passages explicitly excluding illegal immigrants from receiving federal money to purchase health insurance from either a private or government-run health plan.
The House version:
The House bill, introduced simultaneously Friday in the House Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means committees, specifically prohibits illegal aliens from receiving government subsidies to purchase health insurance through a national insurance exchange.
“Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States,” the draft bill reads.
This means that insurance may not ask the government for subsidies if they choose to offer coverage to an illegal alien.
The Senate version:
The Senate version is even more explicit, saying that in no way can illegal immigrants receive federal help to buy insurance. The House bill’s prohibition applies only to the section on affordability credits.
“NO FEDERAL FUNDING.—Nothing in this Act shall allow Federal payments for individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.”
In fact, the Senate version of the bill defines an “eligible individual” as “a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence or an alien lawfully present in the United States,” meaning that illegal immigrants are barred from eligibility in any of the programs established by the Senate bill.
Come talk to me when you all get serious about E-Verify.