Jonathan Allen and Carrie Budoff Brown
December 17, 2013
The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has endangered another of President Barack Obama’s top agenda items: Immigration reform.
It’s forcing the White House and its allies to confront a basic, but politically potent, criticism. If the government can’t build a website, how can it be trusted to correctly process millions of undocumented immigrants and require every employer to verify the status of their workers?
The Obamacare struggles and the government shutdown sidetracked White House plans for a fall immigration campaign. And House Republicans have been able to avoid a major political hit for sitting on the Senate-passed bill in part due to their ability to draw attention to Obama’s broken promises on health care.