WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU)  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement after meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald J. Trump last evening. 

   According to a prepared release they discussed Barletta’s concerns that illegal immigrants would receive tax credits under the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

     On Monday, Barletta stated he would vote against the bill unless his concerns were addressed.

“Millions of Americans can no longer afford health insurance under Obamacare, while at the same time, three-quarters of a billion dollars in Obamacare subsidies have been given to illegal immigrants,” Barletta said.   “President Trump and Speaker Ryan agreed with me last night that this is wrong and must be fixed.  The president gave his full support to legislation I will introduce to deny health care tax credits to illegal immigrants, and the speaker promised to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote.  Because my concerns were met, I will vote for the bill with the understanding that my bill will receive full consideration on the House floor next month.”

A Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report issued last year revealed that, under Obamacare, a half a million illegal immigrants received $750 million in health care subsidies. 

   Barletta’s bill will address this problem by requiring applicants for health care tax credits to provide valid social security numbers, which will be verified by the Social Security Administration, before they receive tax credits.