• White House: Obamacare Should Be Available To DREAMers

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressed regret that Obamacare benefits aren’t available to those illegal immigrants who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status–also known as DREAMers.

    Burwell was participating in a Google Hangout event hosted by a number of Latina bloggers ahead of Obamacare’s second round of open enrollment. Burwell fielded several questions dealing with how illegal immigrant and DREAMers might qualify for Obamacare benefits.

    Responding to a question about whether families with mixed immigration statuses can receive coverage, Burwell said “DREAMers are not able to be covered in the marketplace. And this is an issue that I think is more than a healthcare issue—it is an immigration issue.”

    “And I think everyone probably knows that this administration feels incredibly strongly about the fact that we need to fix that. We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from healthcare to economics to so many things—a very important step that we need to take as a nation,” Burwell continued.

    Yesterday White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama is “disappointed that this legislative solution won’t be achieved, but the president is looking forward to taking executive action on his own, to solve as many of these problems as he can.”

    Burwell’s DREAMer comments are especially disturbing considering the fact that the Obama administration has issued a solicitation for 9 million ID cards “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” With Obama getting ready to legalize millions of illegal aliens, that could lead to a enormous number of aliens signing up for Obamacare.

    Legal immigrants are eligible to receive Obamacare benefits. But pro-immigration groups have been pressuring the Obama White House into extending benefits to illegal immigrants.

    “Everyone should come on to the Obamacare exchanges and folks should not be scared, because this is not information. Questions will be asked, this is not an immigration issue,” Burwell said in response to a question about concerns that illegal immigrants’ healthcare information will be used to track them down and deport them.

    In a sane world, that would be a dream (pun intended).

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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