California Republicans fight push to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants

California Republicans want the Obama administration to deny the state's extraordinary request for illegal immigrants to get Obamacare.

The state's Republican delegation comprising nine House lawmakers wrote to the administration on Wednesday, saying that the request could raise costs and set "an improper precedent for other states."

California's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law earlier this month that made the request to the federal government. Obamacare prohibits illegal immigrants from signing up for coverage under the law's exchanges. The law would not enable illegal immigrants to get subsidies toward the purchase of insurance.

Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange, predicted about 50,000 illegal immigrants could get coverage.