Biden Administration’s Extension Of Obamacare To DACA Recipients Expected To Cost American Taxpayers Billions

The Biden administration’s decision to extend Obamacare coverage to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients is expected to cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. The move, announced Friday, modifies the definition of “lawfully present” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include beneficiaries of the DACA program, making them eligible for a number of different health programs.

According to Center for Immigration Studies researchers, the cost of opening Obamacare and Medicaid rolls to illegal aliens would cost American taxpayers about $4,600 per illegal alien. At this rate, Obamacare and Medicaid for DACA illegal aliens has the potential to cost American taxpayers roughly $2.8 billion every year.

The decision has faced sharp criticism from Republican lawmakers, with Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) stating, “Joe Biden’s response to all this is to give your hard-earned money away to illegal immigrants in the form of taxpayer-funded healthcare. This is a slap in the face to every hardworking American who plays by the rules, and it would never happen if Donald Trump were president.”

Rep. Josh Brecheen (R-Okla.) also criticized the decision, noting the country’s $34 trillion debt and the impact of inflation on American families. “The last thing Americans want is to be forced to cover the cost of healthcare for illegal immigrants,” Brecheen said.

The Biden administration’s decision is expected to provide health insurance to more than 100,000 “dreamers” who arrived in the United States illegally but were under the age of 16.