The Golden State’s idea to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants continues to raise eyebrows.
While Healthcare.gov says you do not have to be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawfully present immigrant to qualify for health coverage, Healthcare.gov says “undocumented immigrants are not eligible to buy health coverage through the Marketplace.” (See screen grab below)
That issue has been raised a lot in recent days, as a bill before Governor Jerry Brown (D-California) would allow people who are in the country illegally to buy private health insurance on the state’s exchange.
Supporters point to a loophole known as an “innovation waiver” as allowing states to make changes to the law.
As explained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, State Innovation Waivers allow states to implement innovative ways to provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided absent the waiver, provides coverage to a comparable number of residents of the state as would be provided coverage absent a waiver, and does not increase the federal deficit.
Even so, the move does not sit well with some people.
“Unfortunately, we have so many lunatic ideas in this state that it’s hard to be surprised at this latest example,” saysBruce Thornton, research fellow at the California-based Hoover Institution. “The governor is not indicating he’ll sign, I would guess he would, but you know, under Obama we’ve had a total dismantling of the separation of powers, (and) now we see (this) in the state level running roughshod over law.”
According to U.S. News and World Report, the California bill does not come with federal taxpayer subsidies to help offset the cost of insurance for qualified enrollees. However, critics fear it is heading that way.
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