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Rand Paul Jokes About Becoming 'Illegal Immigrant' To Dodge Obamacare

06/26/2013 05:38 pm ET
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joked on Glenn Beck's radio show Wednesday that he wants to be an "illegal immigrant" so he can avoid Obamacare.

"I’m thinking about lobbying to become an illegal immigrant so I wouldn’t have to participate in Obamacare," Paul told Beck in an exchange captured by Right Wing Watch.

Paul has been a staunch opponent of the comprehensive immigration reform bill now moving through the Senate. He's also spoken out frequently against the Affordable Care Act, declaring it unconstitutional even after the Supreme Court upheld the law last year.

Paul's radio crack may have been a reference to the debate among GOP senators over whether undocumented immigrants will be able to participate in Obamacare. The immigration reform bill now would prevent immigrants from accessing Affordable Care Act subsidies before they establish permanent residency. An amendment proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would prevent immigrants from getting benefits until five years after they get a green card.

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