Americans may be surprised to learn that scores of illegal immigrants have been allowed to get a subsidy for Obamacare premiums — allowing them to pay very little, or nothing at all, for world-class health care, courtesy of taxpayers.

But that may be changing.

Included in the current draft of the GOP health care bill in the U.S. Senate is a provision that would tighten the eligibility requirements and allow only legal, permanent residents of the U.S. (green-card holders) and those granted asylum to be eligible for the subsidy.

“What they’re trying to do is encouraging,” Robert Law of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) told LifeZette.

Under Obamacare, several categories of illegal immigrants have been able to apply to get health care coverage through one of the exchanges, and to have their premiums reduced, or totally covered, by the government. They are people who fall under the category of "lawfully present" immigrants — a broad category that includes many who came to the U.S. illegally and whose deportation was deferred by the Obama administration, and who were given "parole" status. It also includes the tens of thousands of citizens of other countries who are living in the U.S. under "Temporary Protected Status
For this reason alone the bill should be passed.