Foreign diplomats stationed in the United States are eligible to receive subsidized healthcare benefits as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prompting concern on Capitol Hill over the Obama administration’s inability to explain the loophole.
Two leading Republicans are calling on the IRS to reveal exactly how many foreign diplomats have enrolled in Obamacare and the total cost of benefits they may have received courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.
“Many Americans would be surprised to learn that their tax dollars may be subsidizing health coverage for foreign diplomats,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R., Calif.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R., Mich.) wrote in a joint letter sent this week to the IRS.
The letter comes after repeated attempts by the lawmakers to investigate the eligibility loophole and obtain further information about any Obamacare subsidies given to foreign diplomats, who operate in the United States as non-immigrants and non-citizens.
“The Committees on Foreign Affairs and Ways and Means are investigating the extent to which these diplomats receive taxpayer-subsidized premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act,” the lawmakers wrote.