The Inevitability of Obamacare for Illegal Aliens

You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. When government expands entitlements, illegal aliens always end up with a piece of the pie. Obamacare promoters relented to GOP pressure to include an illegal alien ban on eligibility and vowed endlessly that no benefits would go to the “undocumented.” But denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. It’s the Obama way.

In Oregon this week, officials confessed that nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants had been “accidentally” steered from the state’s low-income Medicaid program and instead were enrolled in Obamacare in violation of the law. Oopsie. The Oregonian newspaper’s Nick Budnick reported that the health bureaucrats “discovered the problem several weeks ago and are correcting it.” Get in line. The beleaguered Cover Oregon health insurance exchange has been riddled with ongoing problems, errors and glitches since last October that have yet to be fixed.

Take note: This wasn’t a one-time computer meltdown. Because Oregon’s health insurance exchange website has been offline and its software architects under investigation for possible fraud, the Oregon Obamacare drones have been processing each and every application manually. That means nearly 4,000 illegal alien applications with “inaccurate” data somehow passed through government hands and somehow ended up getting routed through as new enrollees with Obamacare-approved full-service health care.

How many Obamacare services did these nearly 4,000 illegal aliens avail themselves of, and at what cost?

Does anyone believe the same incompetent boobs who enrolled them will be able to track down the nearly 4,000 illegal alien beneficiaries, “correct” the “errors” and ensure that it doesn’t happen again?

What a slap in the face to the millions of law-abiding Americans who have lost their health care coverage and work hours thanks to Democratic-sponsored federal health care regulatory burdens and mandate costs.

One Oregon Obamacare manager defended the unlawful illegal alien enrollment by explaining: “We were just getting people into the services.” And there’s the rub. The imperative of these government social engineers is to herd as many “clients” into taxpayer-subsidized programs as possible. Just last week, Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson publicized an open letter to families with illegal alien relatives promising that no one would be deported for seeking Obamacare services.

“No one in America who is eligible should be afraid to apply for health coverage because they have a family with mixed status,” Johnson assured. And in another sign of how the White House is still planning for mass illegal alien amnesty, Johnson also made clear: “Enrolling in health coverage … will not prevent your loved ones who are undocumented from getting a green card in the future or who do not yet have a green card at risk.”

As always, California Democrats are at the forefront of busting open Obamacare for the illegal alien population. Earlier this month, Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill to extend health benefits and a special online marketplace to one million illegals under an Obamacare-style program subsidized by state taxpayer dollars.

In case you forgot, President Obama had already paved the path for illegal alien Obamacare when he signed the massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) in 2009. As I’ve reported previously, the law loosened eligibility requirements for legal immigrants and their children by watering down document and evidentiary standards — making it easy for individuals to use fake Social Security cards to apply for benefits with little to no chance of getting caught. In addition, Obama’s S-CHIP expansion revoked Medicaid application time limits that were part of the 1996 welfare reform law.

Open-borders activists saw those provisions as first steps toward universal health coverage for illegals. They see America as the medical welcome mat to the world. Over the past year, they’ve ratcheted up public protests demanding free organ transplants for illegal alien patients. In Chicago last fall, they marched on a hospital with caskets and posters demanding scarce organs. One illegal alien blasted authorities for putting “paper over our lives.” In California, illegal alien transplant patients count on federal incompetence and lax enforcement to abet them, because if they notify the state that DHS “is aware of their presence and does not plan to deport them,” they are eligible for full-blown Medi-Cal coverage, according to the state.

Now, Obamacare peddlers from Oregon to New York and all points in between are rushing to sign up new “customers” in advance of the March 31 open enrollment deadline. How many more thousands of illegal aliens will be roped into the system? Remember: In the lexicon of the left, “accidental” is just another word for inevitable entitlement creep.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malknblog@gmail.com.

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  • SarahKentucky

    Go to the midwest to see what illegal immigration has done to the culture and work ethic there

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Unhappily it seems to many folks have forgotten how corrosive illegal immigration is to a culture. While legal immigration can be a God send and boon, illegal immigration penalizes the honest, and rewards the cheats. What do you tell a family who has waited for years to immigrate lawfully, and then get here to find the queue jumpers are being rewarded. Penalizing the lawful, while Incenting the lawless, is not a recipe for success.

  • Rose

    Ah, the inflammatory language! MM pushes all the right buttons to keep right wing nuts at a roiling boil 24/7. It is the way she makes a handsome paycheck, by raising the blood pressure of Obama haters.

    Obama is a surname that cannot be said too often, because it’s three syllables elicit heart-stopping or pulse-pounding reactions from every conservative. And ObamaCare, as long as it has problems and can be maligned is a favorite target because it evokes not only the name of their nemesis but the big, bad bogeyman of “socialized” medicine. Boo! ObamaCare. When it is fully in place and working smoothly, and conservatives are benefitting from it, it will be called the ACA.

    Next to ObamaCare, nothing riles the right like the words illegal alien. The very thought of an Hispanic child being treated for whooping cough or appendicitis sends them Into spasms of grief and rage. One penny spent to feed a hungry child or cure a disease is a waste of the taxpayer pennies, dagnabbit!

    So MM a young woman clearly not of white Anglo-Saxon heritage, succeeds by being a hateful, spiteful voice for a mainly old, white, embittered, racist and sour grapes sore loser audience. In a changing America, these knuckle-dragging foot-dragging anchors on society try to drag us back to the good old days.

    Is this too harsh? Maybe. Except that I firmly believe that the right is attempting to sabotage ObamaCare in the same way they vowed to be an obstacle to his every move on the night he was first elected. It won’t work, but it will make MM richer appealing to the lowest common denominator.

    I consider health to be as much a national security issue as searches for shoe bombs at airports. An unhealthy nation is a weak nation. We need and deserve health care for all. It is here after a long time coming and our wealth should be invested in our citizens, especially our children, for a change instead of decades-long, useless, unnecessary and unwinnable wars that cost us trillions of dollars. I had rather my tax dollars go toward the health of the nation than for expenditures in many other areas. Anyone within our borders should be able to get basic health care so that we as a nation will not be so sick.

    • Jeff Webb

      Rose, you obviously hate Asians.

      • gold7406

        rose obviously dislikes obeying the law.
        rose receives more than she gives.
        rose likes to spend your money
        rose is just another name for “julia.”
        rose thinks we have a celebrity administration.
        rose has too many thorns.

        • Rose

          Gold, you must be old, because you clearly were brought up being read See Spot Run stories and failed to learn the use of capital letters and punctuation, much less critical thinking. But I suppose you are a fairly typical right wing nut.

          • gold7406

            lower case jumps off the page when everyone else uses capitals and exclamation points. lowering your voice draws people to you.

            I employ critical thinking, not your cynical thinking.
            conservatives do not hate this administration. they feel sorry for the ineptness demonstrated daily and by the resulting harm inflicted upon the country.

            aca = solyndra with a limitless checkbook and time frame. you will see, in two years we will have more people uninsured after aca than before.

          • Rose

            In two years or so, you will be benefitting from ObamaCare or your children or grandchildren will. It is like Social Security. Or Medicare. Once people see what it can do for them, they do not want to lose it.

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Once people see what it can do for them, they do not want to lose it.<<

            Did you ever tell any Obamacare skeptics people would get to keep their doctors, keep their existing plans, and their costs would go down?

          • Rose

            You are talking about those Romney called “freeloaders” when he introduced RomneyCare in Massachusetts. They are people who either refuse to buy health insurance when they can afford it, going to the emergency room right along with poor people when they get sick, or who buy el cheap of policies to satisfy a requirement or are duped into buying cheap policies not worth the paper they are written on. Romney put a mandate so that people could not freeload or buy nothing policies and fall back on the taxpayers. Most of the bellyaches are freeloaders.

          • Jeff Webb

            Oh, you poor thing. Your Bush-blaming got old so quickly you had to find another villain.

            But let’s get back to the main issue here, which is your hatred for Asians. So tell me, is your bigotry a family thing or did you learn it from studying the history of democrats?

          • grainbirds

            I like what you’re doing – pointing the cheap racialist attack weapon right back, to point out how cheap a tactic it is.

          • Jeff Webb

            Thanks, G. It’s nice to know a hatemonger like myself still has some redeeming qualities. ; )>

          • grainbirds

            So ironic we are called the hate-mongers while accusations of racist, terrorist, etc., are acceptable. But I’ve noticed more and more people speaking out against the double standards lately. Hopefully the Narratives so many manipulators have profited from will soon crumble.

    • Ron F

      Rose, are you saying that it is alright for illegal aliens to receive benefits under the Affordable Care Act when the Act prohibits it? The fact that you think anyone within our borders should receive basic health care does not change the law. More importantly, if the current administration can change the law will you also agree that a new administration can change the law as well, even if you do not agree with the changes?

      • Rose

        I do not see how a hospital could turn away a desperately ill person within our borders. Neither could a clinic, IMO. A sick person, a gunshot victim, etc. all deserve life-saving procedures. Someone would pay for that, of course. I see the ACA and health care reforms as works in progress. It is an enormous endeavor with many special circumstances. I also think that we are in the process of rethinking our definitions of illegal and alien. The poster above mentioned “third-world diseases” brought here by illegal aliens, although any traveler to a foreign country might bring back some type of germ or disease. It is wiser to treat an illness of any kind rather than let it spread. I have been to India and Pakistan where many people walk around with curable diseases and even die on the streets of curable illnesses. Is that what we want here? Do we want people within our borders, legal or illegal, to suffer curable illnesses that spread? It is a national disgrace and a national security risk if that happens. Other countries sort out these problems. Why can’t we? I thought we were the “Can Do” nation. Are we incapable of keeping our country strong and healthy?

      • Rose

        The new administration will probably be Hillary’s, but I could turn that question around. You have your panties in a wad about Obama making changes to the ACA. Would you object so strenuously if a President Paul Ryan changed it? I doubt it. Let’s not get lost in the weeds. I would like to see all people within our borders treated if they were ill or injured.

        • Ron F

          Rose, you are wrong. I would object to any President who unilaterally re-writes legislation. I objected to President Bush using signing statements to say the laws did not apply to the executive branch. Believing that the Constitution and the separation of powers should be followed is not getting lost in the weeds.

    • grainbirds

      Ah, the inflammatory language! Rose pushes all the right buttons to keep anti-Right readers at a roiling boil, by raising their blood pressure with claims that all who opposes Obama’s policies and point out their negatives are not sincere and decent people, but just mindless haters, hating on the black president.

      Your very first point is untrue. Its the same one used by trolls on Rightist sites and by liberal pundits to keep people from giving credibility to Sarah Palin: She is a venal opportunist motivated only by greed, with no honest stands or beliefs.

      Lies. You disagree with Malkin’s beliefs, so you slander her as an immoral sell-out who is willing to attack good things which help people purely in order to get money.

      And what inflammatory language? The article was perfectly calm, and spoke to people who already hold the same views and do not need to be “inflamed” by Malkin’s “rhetoric.”

      Your second paragraph maligns everyone who opposes the ACA and/or points out its negatives as ugly, mindless partisans who would complain about low taxes, the end of poverty and world peace if non-conservative policies had brought that situation about.

      In other words, it reeks of hatred and bigotry.

      In your sanctimonious hatred of those whose politics differ from yours, you slander those with concerns about the negatives of illegal immigration – including the spread of third world diseases once under control in this country, and hospitals closing all over the place due to bankruptcy – as being motivated purely by a heinous, ugly-hearted xenophobia, with the “dagnabit” included to make use of the bigoted “ignorant racist rednecks in trailer parks” cliche:

      “Next to ObamaCare, nothing riles the right like the words illegal alien. The very thought of an Hispanic child being treated for whooping cough or appendicitis sends them Into spasms of grief and rage. One penny spent to feed a hungry child or cure a disease is a waste of the taxpayer pennies, dagnabbit!”

      BIGOT.

      More sanctimonious slander of perfectly decent people who simply disagree with your politics with tired cliches about old, white, reactionary haters:

      “So MM a young woman clearly not of white Anglo-Saxon heritage, succeeds by being a hateful, spiteful voice for a mainly old, white, embittered, racist and sour grapes sore loser audience. In a changing America, these knuckle-dragging foot-dragging anchors on society try to drag us back to the good old days.”

      BIGOT.

      “Anyone within our borders should be able to get basic health care so that we as a nation will not be so sick.”

      If your argument is that you feel illegals should receive free health care, why not just say so, and present reasoned arguments supported by documented facts? instead of just slandering Malkin and everyone who agrees with her as filthy, disgusting things?

      But you would need to explain why it’s fair that taxpayers should fund this, and why it’s okay for ACA exchanges to allow it when the bill says it is not allowable.

      • Rose

        Wow! I really yanked grainbird’s chain. Does it ever work for racists and bigots to call liberals racists and bigots. Nahhhh. It just sounds silly.

        I could answer you point for point but I will address just one. Anyone who ventures past our borders can return with an illness or a germ. One does not have to be an “illegal alien” to introduce foreign-borne sicknesses into the USA. Germs enter via our ports, our airports, our military, our world travelers who venture abroad for business or pleasure. George Clooney contracted malaria in Sudan. Oil field workers in the Middle East have come down with typhoid and meningitis. And guess what! Americans spread our unique germs to other places, too, even into outer space.

        Racists, bigots and garden variety haters always give themselves away. Grainbird sees “illegal aliens” as dirty, diseased and lawless people who are “ruining” our country.

        • grainbirds

          How interesting. You call me a racist and a bigot without my having said or done a thing – anywhere, anytime, in my entire life – to indicate that I am such. And you accuse me of accusing you of racism – which I did not.

          Sounds like bigotry to me.

          And the “wow I must have jerked your chain” line sounds like Trollspeak 101. Don’t bother using those tactics on me.

          The fact that anyone can bring diseases into the country via foreign travel does not invalidate dat regarding the spread of third world diseases via illegal immigration.

          “Grainbird sees ‘illegal aliens’ as dirty, diseased and lawless people who are “ruining” our country.”

          More ignorant bigotry. I mentioned the disease issue which the legal immigration process prevents, merely as an example of people like you taking valid public safety concerns by others and pointing to them as examples of racism, xenophibia, and all around hatred.

          And you illustrated my point perfectly by claiming in your prejudiced, bigoted fashion, that what I said shows I see a group of my fellow human beings as dirty, diseased and lawless.

          Almost as if I had tossed you a fish and you barked.

          Contrary to your hate-driven assumptions, I don’t blame illegals for ruining our country. I blame Americans who are selling out other Americans by using the situation to get cheap labor, create a huge new voting bloc, and otherwise promote selfish goals.

          • Rose

            Guess we should be glad the Native Americans did not boot out our illegal alien ancestors who brought them various diseases and robbed them of their land or we would not be here. The natives caught on too late and were overpowered. Btw, were African slaves legal or illegal immigrants? And please don’t type Bigot in all caps. It makes you seem desperate and unhinged.

          • grainbirds

            Should we be glad that the native North American peoples did not overcome the Europeans? I can’t answer that. If I’d never been born, how could I know the difference? Would it have been justice if the Native Americans threw them out? I think so.

            How is that pertinent to a discussion about sanctioned violations of immigration policy so that some people can get cheap labor and votes? You did not address that – only spewed more accusations against my character.

            The slaves were not immigrants at all. Those who brought them here did not even perceive them as people – just property. What’s your point?

          • Rose

            Many diseases are airborne, too, which means they could travel with El Niño or the Gulf Stream. Guess that would be an act of God.

          • grainbirds

            I already responded to your irrelevant info regarding the spread of disease. Adding more of the same will not detract from the fact that our immigration system was set up to protect citizens by preventing the importing of diseases.

          • Rose

            If the shoe fits wear it, Grainbird. Your remarks give you away.

          • grainbirds

            Give me away? I’m not trying to hide anything. More false accusations of someone with whom you disagree politically – that I’m trying to hide my own evil.

            Your interpretation of my remarks give you away.

        • Jeff Webb

          >>Wow! I really yanked grainbird’s chain. Does it ever work for racists and bigots to call liberals racists and bigots.<<

          Assuming that's your illiterate version of a question, the answer is race-carding seems to be a favorite hobby of yours, pretty ironic given you're anti-Asian.

          Does projecting your virulent racism onto others give you the illusion you're a good person, or is it more like a narcotic rush? Both, maybe?