Illinois U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez introduced a bill on Wednesday that would provide Obamacare to illegal immigrants.
Gutierrez, who is perhaps the most outspoken advocate for immigration reform in Congress, cited Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S. as an inspiration for the bill, entitled the “Exchange Inclusion for a Healthy America Act (EIHA).”
“It gives them access to the healthcare exchanges in Obamacare under the ordinary rules of residency in the states in which they live and makes them eligible for subsidies if and when they file taxes — just like the rest of us,” Gutierrez said on the floor of the House.
Illegal immigrants are currently explicitly prohibited from receiving coverage under Obamacare.
Gutierrez’s bill has virtually no chance of being brought up for a vote in the GOP-controlled House.