Obamacare Rejects Illegals Who Could Have Been Insured in a Private Market

A grocery store will sell them food without question, but Obamacare rejects illegals—or rather suspected illegals.

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The New York Times reports,

The Obama administration said on Monday that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It also told 363,000 people that they could lose financial aid because their incomes could not be verified.

The 115,000 people “will lose their coverage as of Sept. 30,” said Andrew M. Slavitt, the No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the federal insurance marketplace.

Some of them may be able to have their coverage reinstated retroactively if they produce the documents that they were repeatedly asked to provide in recent months, Mr. Slavitt said.

This is hysterical. In a truly private market, people would not ask for proof of their customers’ citizenship. The businesses would just be concerned about their payment arriving on time. Just like in a grocery store or a gas station, the issue is whether you’re a profitable customer to the business, not your citizenship.

This doesn’t mean a business owner is apathetic about immigration law. It just means he is not going to inflict suspicion on his paying customers in order to uncover their citizenship. No business can afford to do that.

But Obamacare, by micromanaging health insurance, made insurance an enforcement mechanism for the state. Obama and the Democrats wrote American immigration law into the regulations.

So now 115,000 paying customers are about to lose their health insurance.

Take a moment to appreciate the irony. No Republican voted for Obamacare. It is a one-hundred percent Democrat creation. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are taking away healthcare from paying customers who are undocumented workers!

Furthermore, these undocumented people may only be undocumented because healthcare.gov is still not working properly. Many are claiming they tried to upload the documents but the system would not receive them. I don’t know if that is true or not. But given healthcare.gov’s record of not working, I can’t deny the possibility that they are telling the truth.

Also, the New York Times includes news of others who are about to lose their health coverage:

Federal subsidies for the purchase of private insurance are a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. More than eight out of 10 people who selected health plans through the exchanges from October through mid-April were eligible for subsidies, including income tax credits. But in many cases, the government could not verify the incomes people reported when they applied for subsidized insurance.

This does not mean that they provided false information or were ineligible for assistance. The government tried to verify incomes by checking 2012 tax return information, but consumers may have switched jobs or received pay raises since filing those returns. As a result, officials said, the information in their applications may not match the data in federal files or in sources available to the government.

Over a quarter million households are about to lose their subsidies and probably have to drop their insurance because the government can’t verify their income. So much for universal access.