Don't let the name fool you. The Verify First Act is both an anti-Affordable Care Act (ACA) and an anti-immigrant bill. The bill would deprive ELIGIBLE immigrant families, including those with citizen kids, from accessing the ACA and seeing a doctor when they get sick. It also would hurt the ACA by keeping young, healthy, immigrants from participating in the marketplaces, something which helps keep premiums down for everyone.
HR 2581 is Anti-Immigrant. This is a dangerous bill that puts up roadblocks for both citizens and immigrants to obtain timely, affordable health insurance. It would strip away provisions that provide for a person to obtain subsidies for enrollment in an Affordable Care Act plan while they work with Department of Health and Human Services to verify their U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The people most impacted are U.S. citizens who were born abroad or naturalized. The bill also affects many immigrants, especially those newly arrived or certain victims of domestic violence and trafficking survivors.
HR 2581 is an ACA Sabotage Bill. One of the ways that Republicans continue to sabotage the ACA is by adding uncertainty to the system and by trying to de-stabilize the marketplaces. This bill would make it harder for young, healthy, and ELIGIBLE, immigrant families from participating in the marketplaces. This is an attempt to weaken the marketplaces and could lead to higher premiums for everyone.
Tell your representative to vote NO on the Verify First Act (HR 2581).