The Left continually attempts to convince the public that it goes against our "American values" to view illegal immigrants with a critical eye. As usual, Democrats use the issue in an emotional attempt to divide the country -- you're either heartless for criticizing poor immigrant families seeking a better life, or you're a compassionate American who embraces "the tired, the poor, the hungry."
Of course it is never quite as simple as the Left would like us to believe. There are substantive problems posed by illegal immigration -- both current and forthcoming -- including but not limited to national security and the nation's debt. A new Senate report highlights the latter issue in great detail and reveals that illegal immigrants reaped up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies. That money will likely not be recouped, according to Fox News:
The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”
The review found the credits went to more than 500,000 people – who are illegal immigrants or whose legal status was unclear due to insufficient records.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that 471,000 customers with 2015 coverage failed to produce proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status on time – but stressed that this does not necessarily mean they’re ineligible.
“Lack of verification does not mean an individual is ineligible for financial assistance, but only that a Marketplace did not receive sufficient information to verify eligibility in the time period outlined in the law,” CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said.
The Senate report also accused the administration of lacking a solid plan to get that money back – and predicted that in the end, the IRS will be “unable to fully recoup the funds.”
Senate committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, who led the report, coined the term "pay and chase" to describe how Medicare and Medicaid Services pays subsidies to insurance companies and then federal agencies "chase" after overpayments to those deemed ineligible:
“This ‘pay and chase’ model has potentially cost taxpayers approximately $750 million,” the report says. The 500,000 individuals in question have been removed from coverage, according to the findings, as the government seeks to get the money back.
Fox reports that in response to Sen. Johnson, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that his agency is "committed to identifying and efficiently addressing" the wrongful payments and stated that unlawful ObamaCare enrollees "must repay" the credits or risk breaking the law. This is all meaningless talk, however, as the recipients are already breaking the law given their immigration status. It also goes without saying that those unlawful recipients have no way of repaying the wrongfully allocated credits. Thus, the end result is the same -- taxpayer dollars have disappeared into the ether yet again to support illegal immigrants, and those funds will never be recouped.