California petitions to become first state to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants

by  |  published on October 5, 2016

ObamaCalifornia’s health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the exchange – which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.

In a Sept. 30 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Covered California’s Executive Director Peter Lee said that the Affordable Care Act has been “tremendously successful” in the state and has cut the rate of uninsured in half.

“While millions of Californians have benefitted from coverage purchased through the Covered California marketplace, certain individuals are prohibited from buying insurance through our state marketplace due to their immigration status,” Lee wrote, before requesting the waiver.

The Affordable Care Act technically bars illegal immigrants from insurance exchanges, but in June Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allowed the state to apply for a federal waiver to open Covered California to illegal immigrants living in California. The bill’s sponsor said such a waiver would allow 390,000 illegal immigrants to receive health insurance.

However, even if the Obama administration green-lights the waiver, the insurance plans that would be offered – California Qualified Health Plans – would not be subsidized.

  • 1775concord

    No, and no, California. When the law was passed, it specifically said that NO illegals would be covered. Period. Ask you Dem US Rep or Senator who passed this garbage, over the will of their constituents in many cases (Colorado being one).

  • dont giveup

    What the heck is wrong with the people of this state. This state is under water with all the stupidity yet they continue down the same stupid path. CA politicians stink and so does Obamacare…My costs have shot up and the services provided for these costs have decreased. I not only pay more up front but I pay more for all the services and prescriptions now. When will the people stand up and say enough is enough.

  • 1947goldenjet

    Obamacare is crashing everywhere. What the hell are they thinking?

  • justinwachin

    Is anyone surprised that this is happening? It will originally begin with California picking up the tab for the illegals. In time their health care will be shifted onto the American taxpayers. If the illegals want health care they should work through the paperwork and become legal. We have a process where someone can legally enter the country. That should be followed.

    • Eric Rohn

      Dems have no ethics, morals or law abiding tendencies! What does illegal mean to them? Nothing! What happened to the
      law? Oh! That’s right. It doesn’t apply to Obama or any other Dem!

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  • exoticdoc2

    That’s all we need, another bunch of lowlife scumbags we have to support, and these are not even citizens, not even entitled to one iota of benefits in the US. That’s the lunacy of CA for you. It’s insanity is never ending. In other words, it is pure liberal.

  • Rodney Steward

    Again, if it’s immoral, Unconstitutional, illegal, leave it to CAL., a bankrupted state that the tax payers will have to fund, if this goes through that Obama said, it WOULD NOT cover illegals! But it’s OK to lie in the cult of islam!

  • Teserra

    Then California should pay for it and NOT burden the rest of the Country!

    • Glenda Jordan

      Exactly! What happens in Cali should stay in Cali!!

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