Obama’s Amnesty Order Gives Medicaid And Social Security To Illegal Aliens

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By Brian Anderson, November 25, 2014.

When Obama “legalized” 5 million undocumented immigrants with the stroke of his pen last week, he promised these newly amnestied individuals would not be eligible for ObamaCare subsidies. In a rare and shocking occurrence the President was technically telling the truth. However, these legal illegal aliens will qualify for Medicaid, which is actually better because it is way more free.

The Washington Post reports that Medicaid is but one of the many taxpayer-funded subsidies illegal aliens can now exploit:

Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official confirmed.

In last Thursday’s amnesty speech, Obama negotiated this deal with the illegal aliens without getting anything in return:

“We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation,” said Obama in opposition to the rule of law he claims to be so fond of.

What Obama doesn’t mention is that most amnestied illegal aliens will not be paying any income tax because they don’t make enough money. Not only does this open them up to billions in government freebies, it means they will be getting huge tax refund checks.

The way this works is:

Current federal law holds that people who pay those taxes and are deemed “lawfully present” in the United States can collect benefits under those programs when they become eligible. They may also receive survivors and disability benefits.

“If they pay in, they can draw,” said White House spokesman Shawn Turner in an e-mail to The WaPo.

But the only way they really have to “pay in” is to have a couple of bucks extracted from a paycheck for FICA taxes. After that, they are in the system and free to exploit its bounty.

All these illegals have to do is get one of Hermano Obama’s work permits, collect a big tax refund, and then hold a job for a week or two. With as little as one measly paycheck a full compliment of “social safety net” handouts will be available to them.

Contrary to Obama’s claim that amnesty will be a boon for the economy, his executive order just created 5 million or so money sponges. These illegal aliens with no fear of deportation will suck up billions of dollars every year while contributing very little.

The Washington Post is quick to point out that the illegals will not be eligible for student financial aid, food stamps and housing subsidies, but I disagree. At the state level many illegal aliens already qualify for these giveaways and I’m almost certain that the liberals are working hard to make this a reality at the federal level as well.

Obama told us that these immigrants broke the law, coming to this country illegally, because they were looking for a better life. It don’t get much better than living for free off of the hard work of others. Isn’t it strange how the few times Obama is telling the truth it is actually much worse than when he’s lying?

Obama edict raises new questions about benefits for illegal immigrants

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When the Affordable Care Act was being written and debated, President Obama took care to emphasize that no illegal immigrants would be eligible for its benefits. Obama and the Democrats who passed the bill were sensitive to public concerns that those who entered the United States illegally should not receive assistance intended for those here legally.

Indeed, an Obama promise along those lines played a role in one of the most notorious incidents of the president’s time in office. “There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants,” Obama said in a Sept. 9, 2009 healthcare address to a joint session of Congress. “This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

At that moment, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out, “You lie!” leaving the president and lawmakers stunned.

Wilson’s action was inexcusable, but the suspicions behind it were entirely understandable. Republicans have always suspected the administration wanted to extend not only Obamacare but a whole range of federal benefits to illegal immigrants. And now, the president’s unilateral executive action on immigration seems to be confirming some of those fears.

On November 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell participated in an online chat with a group of Latino bloggers. Burwell was asked a two-part question. Would the young immigrants known as Dreamers be eligible for Obamacare subsidies, and can so-called mixed families — for example, a family with illegal parents and legal children — receive benefits?

Dreamers are not eligible, Burwell said. But she left no doubt that she — along with officials at the highest levels of the Obama administration — wants that to change. “I think that everyone probably knows that this administration feels incredibly strongly about the fact we need to fix that,” Burwell explained. “We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from healthcare to economics to so many things — a very important step that we need to take as a nation.”

Burwell went on to tell the bloggers that families with illegal members are welcome to receive benefits. “Mixed families should come, they should seek and try, go on the site, they’ll find out they can get financial assistance,” Burwell said. “They may be eligible for different programs for their children or themselves.”

Finally, Burwell stressed that no one in the government will ask applicants if they are here legally or not. “Everyone should come on, and folks should not be scared,” Burwell said. “No questions will be asked, and it is not about an immigration issue.”

Coming from the cabinet officer in charge of administering the Affordable Care Act, Burwell’s words left some Republicans convinced that it’s only a matter of time before the White House breaks Obama’s promise. “It’s reasonable to assume that the administration would have no compunction about issuing some sort of regulatory guidance to HHS to make [immigrants affected by Obama’s action] eligible for subsidies,” says one well-connected GOP Hill aide. “The administration has sufficiently re-interpreted Obamacare and re-interpreted the immigration laws that it would not be at all surprising if they follow through on what Burwell said.”

Republican concerns have been intensified by Obama’s slippery language about other federal benefits. In announcing executive action, for example, the president said to those affected that if, among other requirements, “you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes,” then “you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”

The phrase “pay your fair share of taxes” suggests to most ears that Obama meant immigrants involved would pay their fair share of taxes. But in fact Obama’s action will make many immigrants eligible to be paid by the government, and not the other way around; many will now be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, which could mean they receive thousands of taxpayer dollars each year.

In addition, Obama’s use of the phrase “get right with the law” is itself a bit misleading; a reasonable listener might assume that Obama was conferring legal status on those involved. But the Justice Department issued an opinion that his programs “would not ‘legalize’ any aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States.” So the illegal immigrants involved are still illegal immigrants, which leads to the question: If Obama is making millions of still-illegal immigrants newly eligible for certain federal benefits, why would anyone believe he will stop there?

It’s not clear exactly how far-reaching the effects of Obama’s immigration edict will be. But there’s no doubt it has increased the already high level of mistrust between the president and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Politics: White House: OK, fine, we overstated ObamaCare enrollment

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Real total of 6.7 million is below their own announced threshold for viability.

One of the Obama Administration’s major defenses of ObamaCare has been to claim that it’s hitting its target numbers in terms of enrollment. Granted, its target numbers are not very impressive when you consider ObamaCare was supposedly passed to address the “problem” of 43 million people without health insurance.

But no matter. They said they needed 7 million and they supposedly got more than 8 million, even though they had a tendency to count people who had only created a profile and hadn’t necessarily paid a premium.

Turns out now that even that was too generous an accounting. They overcounted the total by 400,000 people, thanks to a screw-up uncovered by Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The already-dwindled total of 7.1 million is now down to just 6.7 million, which means that after all the victory laps over supposedly surpassing their announced threshold for viability. . . they didn’t:

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell called the latest lapse “unacceptable.”

“The mistake we made is unacceptable,” Burwell said on Twitter. “I will be communicating that clearly throughout the (department.)”

Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people.

Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law.

Since you know the left will try to insist this is not that big a deal, let’s understand why that isn’t true. First, we have a simple matter of credibility here. If the number of enrollees is crucial to the viability of the law, and the administration can’t be trusted to count it or report it correctly, then how can any of us have confidence in their inevitable claims that “the law is working”?

But here’s a potentially bigger problem: Insurance companies determine premiums and their own costs in large part by looking at the size of the risk pool they’re insuring. In this context, the difference between 7.1 million and 6.7 million is very significant. Maybe the private insurers have a clearer picture than the White House of their own individual enrollment. But the fact remains that if you can’t count your enrollment accurately, you don’t even really know your own costs and you can’t determine premiums or budgets accurately.

For all the left’s criticisms of the insurance market – and I’ve got plenty of my own – how do they make the case that government can run this racket better when they can’t even count how many people they’ve signed up?

By the way, was this really an “error” as Burwell now claims? Or was it done intentionally, only to be discovered by Issa’s committee and then claimed as an error? We may never know, but given the inclinations of the Obama Administration – especially when it comes to their rationalizations for ObamaCare – I guess you can draw your own conclusions.

I’m certainly drawing mine.