Obamacare thrown out by judge, raising insurance uncertainty | Straits Times
“DALLAS (BLOOMBERG) – Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of US residents.
US District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed on Friday (Dec 14) with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, known formally as the Affordable Care Act, was unconstitutional after Congress last year repealed a key provision – the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.
The decision came just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for the programme in 2019 and underscores a divide between Republicans who have long sought to invalidate the law and Democrats who fought to keep it in place.”
Hillary Clinton Wants To Give Americans’ Healthcare to Millions of Illegals, Says Chelsea Clinton
“Hillary Clinton wants American taxpayers to pay for the healthcare of all illegal immigrants who get into the United States, Chelsea Clinton told a health-care salesman.
Clinton “thinks it’s so important to extend the Affordable Care Act to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status,” Chelsea told the advocate March 15, at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Roughly 14 million illegal immigrants are living in the United States, alongside 310 million Americans, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
American taxpayers pay roughly $5,000 per year for each person enrolled in Obamacare. So the addition of only 10 million current illegals to Obamacare would cost taxpayers at least $50 billion per year, or $500 billion over 10 years, partly because many migrants lack workplace skills or even the ability to speak English.
But Clinton has also promised she will largely stop deportations of foreigners who sneak into the United States. “I would not deport children. I do not want to deport family members either,” she said at a March 10 Latino political rally hosted by Univision and theWashington Post.
If Clinton’s open-borders policy encourages more migrants to enter the United States, American taxpayers will have to divert funding from their relatives — retirees, children, unemployed and disabled — to pay for the healthcare of many more millions of foreign people who choose to break the nation’s popular immigration laws.
At least 150 million more foreigners would like to migrate to the United States, according a 2012 survey by Gallup. If one-seventh of the 150 million migrants arrive in the United States, the 10-year bill would rise to $1.5 trillion.”
“Millions of undocumented immigrants would gain health care coverage under Bernie Sanders’ plan for a single-payer health care system, a detail he didn’t include explicitly in his just-released proposal but one confirmed by an aide shortly after Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate.
“It would cover everyone, including aspiring Americans,” said Warren Gunnels, senior policy adviser to the Vermont senator’s campaign, when asked whether the plan would cover immigrants in the country illegally.
Sanders, along with immigration advocacy groups, has long lamented that Obamacare left an estimated 10 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants without access to coverage through the law’s exchanges, though aides emphasized to the Washington Post last fall that he didn’t necessarily support offering them subsidies to afford coverage. Clinton, similarly, said during the October debate that she’d favor allowing undocumented immigrants to buy coverage through Obamacare exchanges, but not with subsidies.”