A crucial fix for the ailing Obama healthcare law could come in the form of legalizing immigrants so they could receive coverage and participate in the program’s exchanges, one Colorado lawmaker says.

Rep. Jared Polis on Friday called upon Congress to grant illegal immigrants citizenship rights that would allow them access to the federally mandate health coverage, the Washington Times reported.

Immigrants are currently not required to participate in the program’s individual mandate and don’t receive subsidies or the ability to participate in Medicaid programs, Polis noted. Too often they are shifted to emergency rooms for routine healthcare, some not paying their bills, which in turn are absorbed by paying consumers, said Polis, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd District.

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