While a previous entry listed the various immigration statuses that qualified for Marketplace coverage, the new entry is an extended discussion of the questions immigrants, regardless of status, might have about the insurance exchanges. Among the subtopics discussed are: “Lawfully present immigrants and private insurance,” “Immigrant access to Medicaid and CHIP,” and “Disclosure of immigration status.”
Under “Disclosure of immigration status,” the site goes to great lengths to explain that Marketplaces, whether federal or state, are not permitted to ask for the immigration status of family members who are not applying for coverage or benefits. States can’t deny benefits because the applicant doesn’t provide the SSNs of people who aren’t applicants for benefits or recipients of Medicaid or CHIP benefits, or those not required to provide SSNs,” the site explains.
Okay, just to cut through the underbrush of Govspeak here, the message seems to be that if you are an illegal alien, you are ineligible to sign up for Obamacare.
Obama has often seem to make the promise that Obamacare should, or would, coverer everybody, and I doubt that most of the 12-20 million illegals currently in residence understand that they are not legally eligible for the program.
All this announcement says is that if you’ve got illegals in your family or household, you don’t have to disclose their immigrations status because, if they are illegal, they can’t apply for entry into the Obcamacare system, and even if you do, the bureaucracy won’t do anything about it.
I could be misreading it – it is Govspeak, after all – but I suspect that all Obama is trying to do with this is confuse and conflate two separate issues – his immigration reforms and his health care reforms – in order to manufacture some political advantage for himself.
Of course, he does that with everything, so….