Last week, the Biden administration released a plan that would open up Medicaid and Obamacare to nearly 580,000 undocumented immigrants. Never mind that the federal deficit is projected to reach $1.4 trillion this year. What’s another few billion dollars?
The proposed rule centers around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to live and work here without being deported. DACA recipients aren’t citizens. So they’re not eligible to enroll in most government health programs, like Medicaid and Obamacare. President Joe Biden wants to change that. And he wants to do so at a time when federal spending on health insurance is already spiraling out of control. Medicaid, for instance, cost $734 billion in 2021, the latest year for which data are available. That’s a nearly 10% increase from the year before and amounts to more than one of every six dollars the nation spent on healthcare in 2021.