Washington DC — Nine members of Congress from California, including local Congressional Representative Tom McClintock, signed their support to a letter against offering health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants through Covered California. The letter was sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Treasury asking the Administration to deny the state’s application for permission to offer health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants on the state’s Obamacare Exchange, Covered California.
The letter sites California’s recently passed a law requiring the state to make a request to the federal government to enroll illegal immigrants on the state exchange under the Innovation Waiver provision outlined in Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter quotes both President Barack Obama’s 2009 address to the Joint Session of Congress and the Act itself which state those who are here illegally are excluded and a qualified individual is a person who is a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States.
Governor Brown signed the legislation earlier this month, which requires the state to apply for a waiver to bypass the law’s requirement that those receiving coverage be here legally.
The text of the signed letter is available in our blog section here.
As reported in the news story “Extending Public Health Care To Immigrants” Field Poll conducted a survey of California voters and found they supported extending public health care services to immigrants. The survey reported 58 percent supported extending Medi-Cal services to illegal immigrants in August 2015 which was up from 51 percent in 2014. The numbers fell along party lines, view the details in the news story here.
In other related news McClintock cited skyrocketing costs and deadly practices among the reasons to scrap the Affordable Healthcare Act back in February. The news story “McClintock: Time To Move On From Obamacare” is here.