Jeff Flake is trying to give all DACA eligible illegals Obamacare in his latest DACA bill before he retires this year:
WASHINGTON TIMES – Sen. Jeff Flake’s bill to enshrine the DACA program in law would also make the illegal immigrant “Dreamers” eligible for Obamacare — including perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to buy health plans, Congressional scorekeepers said this week.
Mr. Flake, Arizona Republican, tried to power his bill through the Senate on Tuesday, but was blocked by another senator.
His bill would offer those who qualified for the original DACA program a new, three-year legal status, which would include permission to work in the country legally, in exchange for $7 billion — or about three year’s worth of funding — for President Trump’s planned border wall.
The Congressional Budget Office said that legislation means they would have access to Obamacare, including the ability to buy plans on the exchanges, with the taxpayer subsidies that usually come with it.
As written, the 2010 Affordable Care Act excluded illegal immigrants from eligibility.
But Mr. Flake’s three-year status, which he dubbed “Provisional Protected Presence,” says those approved are deemed to be lawfully present during their time in the program.
The CBO, in a preliminary estimate provided to lawmakers, said the costs could run into “hundreds of millions of dollars per year.”
Mr. Flake’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment and it’s unclear whether he intended the Obamacare eligibility.
Oh I’m quite sure he intended to do it as soft as he is on immigration, even if he won’t admit it.
At least someone was paying attention and disallowed him from rushing it through.