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Obamacare Sequel? Rush to Push Through Immigration Law

Obamacare Sequel? Rush to Push Through Immigration Law

APRIL 03, 2013

The frantic blitz to push through an immigration reform bill that could reward millions of illegal aliens with amnesty is disturbingly reminiscent of the way Obamacare was rushed in a haste with little scrutiny or adequate deliberation.

As a result the president’s healthcare reform law, which created an entitlement that finances health insurance for 30 million people, has turned out to be quite a disaster. It includes monstrous spending for private health insurance subsidies through so-called exchanges and the vast taxpayer-funded expansion of Medicaid, the government’s existing health insurance for the poor.
A reputable academic study reveals that Obama’s hostile takeover of the nation’s healthcare system—officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will turn out to be a fiscal disaster for the U.S. government. In less than 10 years the ACA is expected to add at least $340 billion and as much as $530 billion to federal deficits while increasing federal spending by more than $1.15 trillion, the in-depth study found.

http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/The-Fiscal-Consequences-of-the-Affordable-Care-Act_1.pdf

Although fast-tracking an immigration reform law could have equally serious consequences, that’s exactly what top Democrats are trying to do while Obama cheers them on, pen in hand ready to sign the measure. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy, has made no secret about his plan to rush through an amnesty bill without public hearings or proper assessment from all lawmakers. If Leahy succeeds, it could be a disastrous rerun of Obamacare because the American people will find out what’s in the far-reaching measure after its law.

A group of legislators is trying to prevent this, pointing out that the “most dramatic and consequential alteration of our immigration system in nearly thirty years” deserves time and proper attention. “What we need, and must have, is a full and thorough national discussion over every component of this bill,” according to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. “The timeline presented by Chairman Leahy—as well as Leader (Harry) Reid and President Obama—is unacceptable.”

Although fast-tracking an immigration reform law could have equally serious consequences, that’s exactly what top Democrats are trying to do while Obama cheers them on, pen in hand ready to sign the measure. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy, has made no secret about his plan to rush through an amnesty bill without public hearings or proper assessment from all lawmakers. If Leahy succeeds, it could be a disastrous rerun of Obamacare because the American people will find out what’s in the far-reaching measure after its law.

A group of legislators is trying to prevent this, pointing out that the “most dramatic and consequential alteration of our immigration system in nearly thirty years” deserves time and proper attention. “What we need, and must have, is a full and thorough national discussion over every component of this bill,” according to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. “The timeline presented by Chairman Leahy—as well as Leader (Harry) Reid and President Obama—is unacceptable.”

http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressShop.NewsReleases&ContentRecord_id=c61bca8a-f81c-34ac-5990-4bcf9d2404b7&Region_id=&Issue_id=

That’s because the law could impact nearly every aspect of the nation’s legal and economic structure not to mention increase entitlement spending to historic levels, the legislators tell Leahy in a letter insisting that members of congress must be properly educated on the complex measure and there must be a fair and open process to assure that the American people know what is in the proposed law. “The last time Congress considered legislation of this magnitude that was written behind closed doors and passed with no process, it resulted in sweeping changes to our healthcare system, the negative consequences of which are only now coming to light,” the letter says.

http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Files.View&FileStore_id=a3a628c4-94b2-43ea-b91f-982708d50849

The union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents also warns against rushing to pass a massive immigration bill without an open and thorough committee review. In a public statement the National ICE Council says that “a mass legalization, or amnesty, of millions of illegal aliens, combined with an increase in future immigration, will have profound consequences for every law enforcement officer in the country and especially those who enforce our nation’s immigration laws.” Yet, ICE has been shut out of the process, according to the union statement which expresses “very real concern that the immigration bill being crafted behind closed doors.”

http://iceunion.org/news/click-read-press-release-ice-agent’s-union-joins-senators-warning-against-rush-push-through-mas

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  • vs800

    This country is already dead, it just doesn’t know it yet. : (

  • giatny

    Why aren’t there any comments on this issue when it could be the most significant piece
    of legislation since ACA? Without mandatory proof of citizenship to register to vote and to
    enroll in welfare benefits, this country is over. Obama/Holder/Napolitano have NO intention
    of enforcing any law which interferes with their master plan to have all illegals registered before
    the next election. It’s stunning that the GOP hasn’t figured this out. They haven’t even caught
    on that Obama’s aggressive push for gun control is to give cover to rush the immigration bill through. He knows Harry Reid can’t pass gun control, but keeping the GOP focused on that
    lessens the chance for proper scrutiny on immigration. Wake Up America.