ObamaCare for all illegals
When government expands entitlements, illegal aliens always end up with a piece of the pie. ObamaCare promoters relented to GOP pressure to include an illegal-alien ban on eligibility and vowed endlessly that no benefits would go to the “undocumented.”
But denial is the Obama way.
In Oregon last week, officials revealed that nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants have been “accidentally” steered from the state's low-income Medicaid program and enrolled in ObamaCare in violation of the law.
Because Oregon's health insurance exchange website has been offline and its software architects under investigation for possible fraud, the Oregon ObamaCare drones have been processing each and every application manually. That means nearly 4,000 illegal-alien applications with “inaccurate” data somehow passed through government hands and somehow ended up getting routed through.
What a slap in the face to millions of law-abiding Americans, who have lost their health care coverage and work hours thanks to Democrat-sponsored federal health care regulatory burdens and mandate costs.
One Oregon ObamaCare manager defended the unlawful enrollment by explaining: “We were just getting people into the services.” And there's the rub. The imperative of these government social engineers is to herd as many “clients” into taxpayer-subsidized programs as possible.
Just last week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson publicized an open letter to families with illegal-alien relatives promising that no one would be deported for seeking ObamaCare services.
And as always, California Democrats are at the forefront of busting open ObamaCare for illegals. Recently Democrat state Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill to extend health benefits and a special online marketplace to 1 million illegals under an ObamaCare-style program subsidized by state taxpayers.
And in case anyone forgot, President Obama had already paved the path for illegal aliens when he signed the massive expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) in 2009. The law loosened eligibility requirements for illegals and their children by watering down document and evidentiary standards, making it easy for individuals to use fake Social Security cards to apply for benefits with little to no chance of getting caught.
Open-border activists saw those provisions as first steps toward universal health coverage for illegals. They see America as the medical welcome mat to the world. Over the past year, they've ratcheted up public protests demanding free organ transplants for illegal-alien patients. In Chicago last fall, they marched on a hospital with caskets and posters demanding scarce organs.
Now, ObamaCare peddlers from Oregon to New York and all points in between are rushing to sign up new “customers” in advance of the March 31 enrollment deadline. How many more thousands of illegal aliens will be roped into the system? Remember: In the lexicon of the left, “accidental” is just another word for inevitable entitlement creep.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).
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