Colorado GOP House delegation calls for rejection of state waiver – Akron News-Reporter
Led by U.S. Representative Ken Buck, R-Windsor, Colorado’s Republican delegation to Congress is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Treasury Department, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to deny a waiver request to the Colorado.
State’s Section 1332 Innovation Amendment Request to Use Federal Transfer Funding in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Provide Health Care Coverage to Illegal Immigrants, a letter from Buck and signed by Reps. Lauren Boebert, R-Rifle, and Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, reads.
Buck calls this the first waiver request setting a precedent.
“The Colorado government is manipulating this process in order to violate federal law and relegate Coloradans to second-tier status in health care accessibility,” the letter read. “We strongly oppose this waiver and request [denial].”
The waiver would directly violate a clear intent of the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare, to prohibit the use of federal funds to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants, Buck argues.
“As if the thousands of illegal immigrants pouring into our country weren’t enough, now the State of Colorado plans to provide them with free health care as a reward for breaking the law,” Buck said. “The principle is simple: taxpayers’ money should never be spent on health care for people who cross the border illegally.
The letter says President Donald Trump’s administration used 1,332 waivers, but says one of the goals was to cut health care premiums for millions of Americans. The difference, according to the letter, is that Colorado’s waiver would violate federal law.
Boebert added, “By November, more than seven million illegal aliens will have poured into our country as part of Biden’s border crisis. Americans are tired of footing the gift bill for illegal aliens. Let’s put the Colorados first for change and stop asking law-abiding citizens to subsidize criminals with their hard-earned taxes.
The ACA’s coverage has always rested, the letter reads, on citizenship or legal presence in the United States, adding that the ACA’s website reads: “Undocumented immigrants are not not eligible to purchase Marketplace health coverage, or for premium tax credits and other savings on Marketplace Plans.
Democratic legislation is pending in the US House and Senate to remove the provision suspending illegal immigrants from purchasing health care through the ACA. The waiver describes the Colorado program as being available to “Coloradans not eligible for federal grants, including Coloradans without documented immigration status.”
The letter calls Colorado’s program an incentive for illegal immigration and calls it fiscally irresponsible and financially unsustainable. This could lead to a pathway, the letter reads, to force tens of millions of taxpayers to subsidize “violators” against their will.
“It’s incredibly disappointing that Colorado is trying to force American taxpayers to subsidize health care costs for illegal immigrants,” Lamborn said. “Not only is this request illegal, but it will spur millions of illegal immigrants to violate federal law and cross our southern border.”