President Obama Misleads Public on Health Care for Illegal Aliens; Illegal Aliens...

Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:11pm EDT

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President Obama Misleads Public on Health Care for Illegal Aliens; Illegal
Aliens Would Benefit Under H.R. 3200

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The reforms I'm proposing
would not apply to those who are here illegally," President Obama said in a
carefully worded statement to a Joint Session of Congress and the American
public last night. The problem, notes the Federation for American Immigration
Reform (FAIR), is that the health care reforms proposed in H.R. 3200,
America's Affordable Health Care Act of 2009, clearly would benefit illegal

"Perhaps the reforms that President Obama advocates would not cover illegal
aliens, but those are not the reforms currently under consideration by
Congress," commented Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "H.R. 3200, the legislation
that the House will be voting on, would allow illegal aliens to benefit from
the government-financed public option, and includes no verification provisions
to prevent illegal aliens from receiving taxpayer subsidies to purchase
private health insurance."

President Obama's assertion that illegal alien would not be covered under
AAHCA is directly contradicted by an August 25 report, Treatment of
Noncitizens in H.R. 3200, issued by the Congressional Research Service. The
nonpartisan research arm of Congress concluded, "H.R. 3200 does not contain
any restrictions on noncitizens - whether legally or illegal present, or in
the United States temporarily or permanently - participating in the [Health
Insurance] Exchange."  

Once in the Exchange, participants are free to enroll in the government run
health insurance program. This public option, established under H.R. 3200,
would be heavily or entirely subsidized by the American taxpayers. While
illegal aliens are barred from receiving "affordability credits" to help pay
for private insurance, CRS noted the absence of any mechanism in the bill to
verify citizenship or legal residency.

"There is no reason why the controversy over whether illegal aliens will be
eligible for massive health care subsidies should persist," said Stein. "The
president, congressional leaders, and the public all agree they should not.
The authors of H.R. 3200 can easily remove the ambiguities from the House
bill, and Senate leaders can include specific language barring illegal aliens
from all nonemergency benefits in the bill that is being written in that

"President Obama himself can also play an important role in seeing to it that
his wishes are carried out by publicly urging leaders of both houses to
include clear, unambiguous language in their legislation that would preclude
illegal aliens from coverage under his health care reform proposal," Stein
continued. "FAIR stands ready to work with the White House and congressional
leaders to develop legislative language that would make sure that President
Obama's pledge to the American people is fulfilled."

About FAIR
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group.  With
over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that
serve national interests, not special interests.  FAIR believes that
immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy,
protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is
recognized and enforced.   


Ira Mehlman, +1-206-420-7733, or Bob Dane, +1-202-328-7004, both of FAIR
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