Obamacare and Amnesty Create Incentive to Prefer Foreigners

Both Obamacare and Amnesty created by executive fiat are bad. Together they are worse.

Obamacare

Take that, America!

Looking for work? The President just made sure an illegal immigrant has a huge advantage over you when it comes to getting that job.

Thus, the Washington Times headline: “Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers.”

Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.

President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.

The loophole was confirmed by congressional aides and drew condemnation from those who said it put illegal immigrants ahead of Americans in the job market.

“If it is true that the president’s actions give employers a $3,000 incentive to hire those who came here illegally, he has added insult to injury,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The president’s actions would have just moved those who came here illegally to the front of the line, ahead of unemployed and underemployed Americans.”

A Department of Homeland Security official confirmed that the newly legalized immigrants won’t have access to Obamacare, which opens up the loophole for employers looking to avoid the penalty.

This is Exhibit 492,799,208,522,356 why American law and policy is not supposed to be undertaken by any one person with a highly-inflated view of their own abilities and wisdom.

[See also, “Is This Where The Chamber Of Commerce Gets Their Desire For Amnesty?]

The Republicans and the Democrats need to stop thinking politically, and start thinking about actually representing and protecting the American people. This is crucial both in terms of the “little picture” of the impact of this Executive Action, and in the “greater picture” of what it means to allow any President to assume even more prerogatives and powers that do not rightly and Constitutionally belong to the office.