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How Obamacare killed amnesty

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Susan Jones had a good story up at CNS Friday, catching Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius telling a Latino group in Philadelphia Thursday that amnesty was key to them getting access to Obamacare.

“The (Obamacare) bill is crafted in such a way that those who are undocumented will not have access to the tax credits or shopping in the (health insurance) marketplace,” Sebelius said. “That has been limited, which is, frankly, why — another very keen reason why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

And Sebelius is right. When the Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill, it found the legislation would increase Obamacare subsidy spending by $82.3 billion, and Medicaid spending (which Obamacare expands) by $29.3 billion.

Bottom line: the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill is a huge boost for Obamacare.

And that is not all. When President Obama announced his unilateral lawless delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate, it comepletely undermined every border security promise in the Schumer-Rubio bill. As I wrote at the time:

Like Obamacare and the employer mandate, once the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country get amnesty, E-Verify will have outlived its usefulness. Businesses already complain at the existing voluntary E-Verify system, and those complaints will only get louder as a new E-Verify system becomes mandatory.

Does anyone, anywhere, believe Obama would not delay implementation of E-Verify too?

Conservatives who do not trust Obama to enforce perfectly good law – whether it is No Child Left Behind, the War Powers Act, our current immigration laws, etc. – should not trust him to enforce whatever security measures are part of any immigration deal. There is no reason to believe that amnesty would not be every bit the train wreck that Obamacare already is.

And let’s not forget the fact that amnesty would also make it even cheaper for employers to hire amnestied immigrants instead of current Americans. The Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker obtained an unpublished CRS report this week confirming that fact:

In addition to requiring companies with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health benefits, Obamacare forbids employers from charging workers more than 9.5 percent of their salary for those benefits. A company that charges more than that would have to pay a per-employee penalty. But because newly legalized immigrants aren’t eligible for Obamacare benefits, they wouldn’t be counted when the fine is calculated, reducing the employer’s penalty or giving them great incentive to charge more. Those factors could make it cheaper to hire an immigrant over a citizen.

“You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state,” Milton Friedman once said. As long as Republicans still control the House, that will still be true.

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