Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took took to the Senate floor on Tuesday in an attempt to address a problem caused by the interaction of the immigration bill and Obamacare that would effectively result in a tariff on businesses hiring American citizens.
As I’ve reported: “[U]nder Obamacare, businesses with over 50 workers that employ American citizens without offering them qualifying health insurance could be subject to fines of up to $3,000 per worker. But because newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges until after they become citizens — at least 13 years under the Senate bill — businesses could avoid such fines by hiring the new immigrants instead.”
Though Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been asleep at the switch when it comes to addressing this egregious problem, Cruz has stepped up to the plate to raise awareness about this problem, even if his solution — delaying the implementation of Obamacare — was quickly blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Check out a video and transcript of Cruz’s speech here.