55 Dems Must Have Forgot About This Exchange

Sessions Amendment: Eligibility Verification
Senator Sessions has proposed a first-degree amendment (#3701 – link) to the Health Care Reconciliation Bill, H.R. 4872, to require use of an effective system to verify that only those eligible to participate in the taxpayer-subsidized insurance exchange do so.Background:
  • Section 1411 of the health care Act provides the procedures for determining eligibility for participation in the Exchange.  The amendment makes these procedures more robust and effective and eliminates the discretion of the DHS Secretary to alter eligibility formulas.
  • The amendment adds a requirement that an applicant provide a sworn statement specifically attesting to the fact that the enrollee is a citizen, a U.S. national, or an eligible lawful permanent resident.  The amendment also requires that eligibility be demonstrated with documentation. 
  • It then requires that each exchange shall verify eligibility verification in accordance with the way eligibility for other federal health related programs is established and verified under the Social Security Act.
  • Additionally, the amendment directs the exchanges to rely upon the DHS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.  SAVE is a program designed to aid agencies granting benefits in determining an applicant’s immigration status.  It does not make determinations but is rather an information service.
  • The Amendment maintains the current 5 year waiting period for legal aliens to receive welfare benefits.
  • This amendment implements the President’s promise to a joint session of Congress that his health care proposals “would not apply to those who are here illegally.”
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    If Obama didn’t lie then why did 55 Democrats vote to kill this amendment? 

     The vote result was 55-43.
    The Motion to Table (kill) Sessions Amendment #3701 to H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Bill, is agreed to.

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    6 Responses to “55 Dems Must Have Forgot About This Exchange”

    1. noh8 Says:

      Seriously. This is just like the stupid Viagra ploy from yesterday, and you know it for a fact.
      Republicans are throwing everything but the kitchen sink into this, to delay the vote as long as possible, to have these “no” votes on record for the fall campaign. This is just Washington-baseball.

    2. ohiobelle Says:

      Noh8, Unfortunately the Dems left us with no choice.

      Thank you for your comment.

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