Monday, February 8, 2016

Senate Report: ObamaCare Subsidies Went To Illegal Aliens

According to a report released by Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, more than 500,000 people who are either illegal aliens or whose status is unclear received about $750 million in tax credits.  From Fox News:
Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News.
The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, "the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence."
Read the full story.  The problem of ObamaCare enrollees having unclear status was reported by Breitbart's Big Government back in 2014, which I learned via Right Side News.  In one of the recent Democratic presidential debates, Hillary Clinton (NY) said that she would allow illegal aliens to buy health insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges, but not to receive subsidies, while Martin O'Malley (MD) would extend the subsidies to illegal aliens.  (I'm pretty sure that Clinton and O'Malley did not actually use the term "illegal alien".  Among the linked articles, only RSN uses that term.  But as far as I'm concerned it's the factually and legally correct term for someone illegally present in the country, so I will use it regardless of whether any else does.)

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