It’s no surprise that Laura Ingraham continues to spread misinformation about illegal immigrants. Ingraham has been an avid subscriber of right-wing conspiracies . During the health care debate, Ingraham subscribed to the death panel conspiracy theory, claiming her elderly father was in jeopardy because of the law. When it comes to guns, terrorism, or the poor, Ingraham is all conspiracy.
Now, as Media Matters noted, Ingraham is pushing the myth that illegal immigrants are receiving care under the Affordable Care Act. On her radio show, Ingraham was “claiming that “legal presence” applied to “anyone that he decides to defer immigration action on.” She added: “The DREAMers can get Obamacare.”
This of course has been debunked time and time again. As the New York Times reported in 2012, ” The White House has ruled that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under President Obama’s health care overhaul.
The decision — disclosed last month, to little notice — has infuriated many advocates for Hispanic Americans and immigrants. They say the restrictions are at odds with Mr. Obama’s recent praise of the young immigrants.
In June, the president announced that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, attended school here and met other requirements would be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation.
Immigrants granted such relief would ordinarily meet the definition of “lawfully present” residents, making them eligible for government subsidies to buy private insurance, a central part of the new health care law. But the administration issued a rule in late August that specifically excluded the young immigrants from the definition of “lawfully present.”
At the same time, in a letter to state health officials, the administration said that young immigrants granted a reprieve from deportation “shall not be eligible” for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Administration officials said they viewed the immigration initiative and health coverage as separate matters.”
Other laws that are separate from the ACA provide care to the children of illegal immigrants.