At the June 27, 2019 Democratic presidential debate, all of the candidates endorsed giving government health benefits to illegal immigrants, but there was no discussion of exactly how that would work or how much it would cost. As Tucker Carlson likes to say “That should worry you”.
Additional point: given the light of newer statistics, the figures below are probably more than double.
In an article from Forbes February 26th ,
“2018 entitled How American Citizens Finance $18.5 Billion In Health Care For Unauthorized Immigrants” Chris Conover wrote
“Current federal policy is to prohibit federal tax funding of health care to unauthorized immigrants through either Medicaid or Obamacare. Nevertheless, rough estimates suggest that the nation’s 3.9 million uninsured immigrants who are unauthorized likely receive about $4.6 billion in health services paid for by federal taxes, $2.8 billion in health services financed by state and local taxpayers, another $3.0 bankrolled through “cost-shifting” i.e., higher payments by insured patients to cover hospital uncompensated care losses, and roughly $1.5 billion in physician charity care. In addition to these amounts, unauthorized immigrants likely benefit from at least $0.9 billion in implicit federal subsidies due to the tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals and another $5.7 billion in tax expenditures from the employer tax exclusion.”
All told, Americans cross-subsidize health care for unauthorized immigrants to the tune of $18.5 billion a year . Of this total, federal taxpayers provided $11.2 billion in subsidized care to unauthorized immigrants in 2016 .
In another article from The New York Post
July 12th , 2016 entitled “How ‘sanctuary hospitals’ cost America big” Betsy McCaughey makes some sobering points
“Medical bills are pushing more Americans into severe “financial distress” even if they have insurance, according to a top medical journal. These bills force hundreds of thousands into bankruptcy each year.
What’s so galling is that while Americans struggle to pay their bills, freeloaders from other countries get the same care at no cost by gaming our generous open-door hospital policies. They take a flight to the United States, go straight to an emergency room and get pacemakers, chemotherapy and other expensive care, leaving American taxpayers to foot their bills.
Evan Levine, cardiologist at a Bronx teaching hospital, recently treated a Trinidad resident who had learned his pacemaker battery was about to give out. He came to New York to avoid paying for cardiac care back home. Cost to him? Zero, aside from airfare.
It is just one of many reasons why I believe a nation of 320 million people is much better off letting such resource allocation decisions be made at the state and local level rather than by federal taxpayers. That way people can vote with their feet if they don’t like the idea of their tax dollars being used to pay for people who have come to this nation illegally.
The bill for one pacemaker patient can reach $96,000. John Q. Public gets stuck with it.
If you have cancer, you’ll pay thousands out of your own pocket before your insurance kicks in. But in New York, which has just about the most liberal emergency Medicaid policies of any state, a medical tourist claiming poverty can get up to 15 months of inpatient chemotherapy — worth $150,000 — sticking taxpayers with the bill.
Uncle Sam turns a blind eye while at the same time hassling older Americans who come to the emergency room. Under a sneaky Obama administration policy, seniors seeking emergency care are put in “observation care” and then, when it’s time to leave, they’re slapped with huge bills and told they were never formally admitted to the hospital, so Medicare won’t pay.
And what about vets? As a thank-you for their service, they’re clobbered with a hefty bill if they dare go to a non-VA emergency room. It’s so outrageous, a federal court just ruled against this practice.”
I digress here, to give credit where credit is due
Veterans now have expanded access to medical care outside Department of Veterans Affairs facilities beginning Thursday under a law signed by President Donald Trump last year. (Yep, that despicable, good for nothing, racist person)
Rules established under the law in the Federal Register say the VA will pay for veterans to see non-VA doctors if they have to wait longer than 20 days or drive more than 30 minutes for primary or mental healthcare at a VA facility. VA officials previously estimated the new rules could increase the number of veterans eligible for VA-sponsored private care to as many as 2.1 million – up from about 760,000.
A 2005 report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons reports:
“The influx of illegal aliens has serious hidden medical consequences,” writes Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of the report. “We judge reality primarily by what we see. But what we do not see can be more dangerous, more expensive, and more deadly than what is seen.”
According to her study, 84 California hospitals closed their doors as a direct result of the rising number of illegal aliens and their non-reimbursed tax on the system.
“Anchor babies,” the author writes, “born to illegal aliens instantly qualify as citizens for welfare benefits and have caused enormous rises in Medicaid costs and stipends under Supplemental Security Income and Disability Income.”(covered in the book)
In addition, the report says, “many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease.”
While politicians often mention there are 43 million without health insurance in this country, the report estimates that at least 25 percent of those are illegal immigrants. The figure could be as high as 50 percent.
BC(before Covid) illegal immigration was one of the main concerns of this country.
Hopefully, in short order this virus will be in our rear view mirror.
Unfortunately, illegal immigration will not.
In my humble opinion, a vote against Trump
is a vote for this issue to multiply exponentially, with the wrong people in control..
Pls read my book “The American Citizens Handbook on Immigration” for more facts on this issue..
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