Just another expenditure not factored into the “Affordable” Care Act.
President Obama’s biggest first-term success may present an obstacle on the path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, one of his highest second-term ambitions.
ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and new subsidies to buy health insurance are among a number of factors that may raise a hurdle to immigration reform in 2013: the budgetary cost.
Now, amid signs that the political climate is more favorable for immigration reform, the economic and fiscal backdrop presents new challenges.
None of these issues looms so large as to distract from the central issue: Should the U.S. provide a legal embrace of 11 million residents who broke the law to make the U.S. their home? But the added fiscal costs, tied in large part to ObamaCare, could intensify the political battle over spending.