Vitter: ‘Obama Bending Over Backwards To Give Illegals Obamacare’

When it comes to Obamacare, President Barack Obama is trying his hardest to get illegal immigrants signed up, according to Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).

Vitter said there are  significant inconsistencies with the Obama administration’s current policy allowing illegal immigrants to receive taxpayer funded Obamacare benefits.

Most recently, Vitter sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), demanding answers on the issue. CMS is supposed to be reviewing immigration related inconsistencies, but Vitter said they are taking way too long.

“The Obama Administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants – but won’t protect hard working American citizens who are losing their health care coverage,” said Vitter in a news release. “The Obama administration has been granting deadline extensions, making excuses, and turning a blind eye to falsified documents by illegal immigrants. Enough is enough, and they need to provide answers to why they think illegal immigrants should be eligible for Obamacare.”

Vitter recently proposed the Employee Health Care Protection Act which would allow healthcare plans currently available on the group market under Obamacare to continue to be offered through 2018. Senate Democrats blocked the legislation that the House has already passed.

CMS outlined a Sept. 5, 2014 deadline for roughly 310,000 people to respond to requests for documentation or face coverage terminations at the end of the month.  As of Aug. 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that only 70,000 people of the 310,000 had responded to requests for information.

HHS officials also said that a firm date has not been established for when coverage termination notices related to immigration would be sent. The department also has yet to act in a similar way on income-related inconsistencies.  Although CMS said it was sticking to the Sept. 5 deadline to submit necessary immigration documents, the agency also established a 60-day special enrollment periods for those unable to get the documents in on time.

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