The Senate Gang of Eight is working to fix the unintended hiring advantage their bill would give to newly legalized immigrants over U.S. citizens as a side effect of ObamaCare.
A careful analysis suggests that any politically realistic fix likely has to involve sharply reducing the health law's employer fines.
As first reported by IBD, many employers will owe up to $3,000 per full-time worker who taps ObamaCare's insurance exchange subsidies. But newly legalized immigrants would be ineligible for those subsidies.
As a result, many employers deciding whether to employ a legalized immigrant or citizen full-time would have a big incentive to favor the immigrant. Because the annual fine of up to $3,000 is nondeductible, it is equivalent to as much as $5,000 in wages for companies paying a combined 40% federal and state tax rate.