California trying to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants

California trying to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants

Illegal immigrants in California will likely soon attain the right to buy government-subsidized insurance through ObamaCare as Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill for the same into law.

The controversial bill, which would allow the Golden State to apply for a federal waiver to open its Covered California to undocumented residents, passed the state legislature last week, and now it is on Gov. Brown’s desk for his consideration.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or ObamaCare technically prevents illegal immigrants from the buying subsidized health insurance plans through exchanges like Covered California.

Critics say it is yet another example of how the Obama administration has hoodwinked Americans into getting behind the ACA.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said, “This is the first step in another misrepresentation of the Affordable Care Act. It was sold to the American people on the fact that you wouldn’t have to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants.”

However, it would be too early to predict what will happen. Even if Mr. Brown signs the bill, it would need the Obama administration’s approval for the waiver. Even if it gets federal authorities approval, it would not necessarily give undocumented immigrants access to state subsidies.