Democrats have no mechanism for excluding illegals from health care
In fact, the Democrats specifically rejected legislation that would have excluded illegals from eligibility. They also do not want anyone asking what their immigration status is when they apply. This is another example of the Pelosi politics of fraud when it comes to health care and immigration.
Health care reform could end up bailing out employers who hire illegal immigrants and skimp on their health benefits.
Under the legislation being considered on Capitol Hill, undocumented workers would technically not be covered. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as much in an interview Sunday.
"No, illegal immigrants are not covered by this plan," she said.
But the reality, immigration analysts say, is that the legislation is missing any mechanism to keep illegals out of the system. And if they exploit that loophole, taxpayers could be on the hook for billions to cover health care costs their employers do not.
Already, illegal immigrants account for $10.7 billion in state and federal health care spending, according to preliminary numbers from The Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Special projects director Jack Martin said that amount, which derives in large part from emergency room visits and births, would only rise unless the health care proposals on the Hill are changed.
"The bill in its current form is in effect going to be tempting to illegal immigrants who are not yet receiving medical benefits," Martin said. "We would expect that the cost would increase."
In a recent study, FAIR said that nothing in the health care package would prevent illegal immigrants from enrolling in a taxpayer-funded public plan, and that no verification mechanisms exist to prevent them from receiving credits to help with private plans.