White House to Illegals: No Obamacare with Legal Status

January 31, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – The White House is in agreement with Sen. Marco Rubio’s assertion that if illegal immigrants are granted legal status, they will not be eligible for Obamacare, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

CNSNews.com asked, “Marco Rubio has said that he would want to prohibit those who are on a pathway to legal status from being eligible for the Affordable Care Act. Is that something the president would consider as part of this?”

Carney responded, “I think we’ve been very clear that legal status does not confer benefits through the Affordable Care Act, so I’m not sure, that sounds like a point of agreement, not disagreement.”

Rubio, a Florida Republican, was among a group of three other GOP senators and four

Democratic senators this week who announced their support for a “pathway to citizenship” for the at least 11 million illegal aliens in the country now.

He made additional news on Tuesday when he said during an interview with talk radio host Rush Limbaugh that gaining legal status could not mean benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

“According to the law today, if you are a lawfully present in the country but you are not a green card holder, you do not qualify for any federal benefits. That's existing law,” Rubio said during the Limbaugh interview.

“And so that means that the folks that are going to be in this probationary stage that's in our principles, they don't qualify for any federal benefits except for one, Obamacare,” Rubio continued.

“Obamacare is the only federal benefit where you qualify for it, not because you have a green card but only because you're lawfully present. That issue needs to be resolved because if Obamacare is available to 11 million people, it blows a hole in our budget and makes this bill undoable. That's one of the major issues we're going have to confront,” he added.