Burwell Makes HHS Case for Immigration Reform

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell made an unexpected plea for immigration reform during a conversation about ObamaCare on Tuesday.

In a webcast with Latina bloggers, Burwell criticized flaws in the country’s immigration system that prevent immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, also known as DREAMers, from getting medical coverage as adults.

“This is an issue that is more than a healthcare issue. It is an immigration issue,” Burwell said in response to a question to Latina activist and blogger Elianne Ramos.

“This administration feels incredibly strongly that we need to fix that. We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from healthcare to economics,” Burwell said.

The HHS chief has rarely waded into politics during her five months in office. Her stance has separated Burwell from her predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius, a former governor who frequently engaged in partisan battles.