House Republicans representing California pressured the Obama administration to stop its plan to expand Obamacare to illegal immigrants in the state Wednesday.
Rep. Darrell Issa spearheaded the effort in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services signed by a number of California representatives slamming the plan’s potential to further stagnate the economy and increase the burden on taxpayers in the state.
The California legislation would allow for a waiver permitting illegal immigrants in the state to buy private health insurance through the Obamacare exchange – allowing an estimated 390,000 more people the option to purchase plans. (RELATED: Illegal Immigrants Get Obamacare)
“This brazen attempt to circumvent the will of Congress adds insult to injury for the millions of Americans who have already been aggrieved and misled by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),” the Republican representatives wrote.
They said it would be another example of how the president misled the American people ahead of the passage of his landmark health legislation.
“Americans were promised that if they liked their doctor and their plans, then they could keep them. Unfortunately, that has not been the case,” it reads. “Citizens were promised premium savings of more than $2,500 per year for a family of four, yet the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts skyrocketing premiums to continue approaching an additional 60 percent over the next 10 years.”
“When this disaster of a law passed, the American people were told under no uncertain terms that coverage under Obamacare would not be extended to illegal immigrants,” Issa said in a statement. “Yet, here we are six years later and the state of California is already trying to wipe away this promise. It’s time the administration keep its word and honor the rule of law.”
In addition to Issa, Reps. Tom McClintock, Ken Calvert, Dana Rohrabacher, Duncan Hunter, Doug LaMalfa, Paul Cook, Ed Royce and Mimi Walters signed the letter.
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