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HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell let the cat out of the bag.
Health and Human Services chief Sylvia Burwell made an appeal for immigration reform and extending Obamacare benefits to DREAM-eligible illegal immigrants on Tuesday while promoting the health-care law.
Burwell was touting the upcoming Obamacare enrollment period, which begins Saturday, on a webcast with several Latina bloggers when she stepped outside her typical domain and advocated for a change in immigration policy.
"DREAMers are not able to be covered in the marketplace," Burwell said in response to a question about whether families with mixed immigration statuses can get Obamacare coverage. "And this is an issue that I think is more than a health care 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 health care to economics to so many things — a very important step that we need to take as a nation," the secretary said.
Only legal immigrants are eligible for Obamacare benefits, but pro-immigration groups have advocated that Obamacare benefits should be extended to illegal immigrants as well. A number organizations, including the National Council of La Raza and the AFL-CIO, have asked the Obama administration to mandate Obamacare exchange eligibility for DREAMers — illegal immigrations who are granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
Hey, he's "going big," right? What's bigger than rewriting Obamacare on the fly to include eligibility for illegal aliens? Laws mean whatever His Imperial Majesty says they mean! And he means to remake America, by any means necessary.
This year's projected Obamacare enrollment numbers have already been revised downward. What better way to bump those numbers back up than to add millions of illegal aliens to the mix?
Besides, the more people who are dependent on Obamacare, and its taxpayer subsidies, the harder it becomes for John Roberts to follow the letter of the law and invalidate those subsidies.
Immigrants already make up the vast majority of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Add in the DREAMers and Medicaid gets even bigger. Government handouts for everybody!
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
Here's Commissar Burwell, already giving immigration enforcement a wink and a nod:
"Everyone should come on [to the Obamacare exchanges]," Burwell continued, "And folks should not be scared, because this is not information…no questions will be asked, this is not an immigration issue."
Remember when they had to boot off thousands of Obamacare customers who couldn't validate their immigration status? Yeah, they don't want to do that again. Ever.
So, they won't.
Because he's got a pen dontcha know.
Fortunately we've got the Constitution.
In a recent op-ed in Politico, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Congress would stop Obama from taking executive action by adding language explicitly barring money from being used for that purpose. "Congress has the power of the purse. The President cannot spend a dime unless Congress appropriates it," Sessions wrote. He also pointed out that similar language in the past has prevented the president from closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
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