Health bills currently going through Congress would fail to block hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from coverage according to The Washington Times. This is in spite of President Barack Obama’s pledge that illegal immigrants would not reap the benefits, the paper reports. “The House bill mandates, and the Senate bill strongly encourages, businesses to extend health care coverage to all employees. But the bills do not have exemptions to screen out illegal immigrants, who usually obtain jobs by using false identities and are indistinguishable from legal workers. A rough estimate by the Center for Immigration Studies suggests that the practical effect of the mandates would be that about 1 million illegal immigrants could obtain health insurance coverage through their employers.”