Jeh Johnson: Legalized Illegals Don't Need to Comply With Obamacare

Melanie Arter | December 2, 2014 | 1:21pm EST
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ( Starr)

( – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in congressional testimony today that the Affordable Care Act--also known as Obamacare--will not apply to illegal aliens who are allowed to stay and work in the United States as a result of President Obama's executive action.

“Mr. Secretary, is it true that the illegal immigrants who are granted amnesty will not need to comply with the Affordable Care Act?” Rep. Lou Barlett (R-Pa.) asked Johnson at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

“Those who are candidates for and are accepted into the Deferred Action Program will not be eligible for comprehensive health care, ACA,” Johnson responded.

Barletta then asked: “So therefore, an employer may have a decision to make: Do I keep the American worker and provide health insurance or pay a $3,000 fine or do I get rid of the American worker and hire someone who I do not have to provide health insurance, and I won’t get fined. Is that a possibility?”

“I don’t see it that way,” Johnson said.

“You don’t think any employers will see it that way?” Barletta asked.

“I don’t think I see it that way. No. No, sir,” Johnson said.

On Nov. 20, Obama announced that his executive action on immigration would apply to illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. for more than five years, have children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, register and pass a criminal background check, and pay their fair share of taxes. They will be able to apply to stay in the country “temporarily without fear of deportation.”

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