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The Effect of Illegal Immigrants on Health Care

August 20, 2009

According to the Pew Hispanic Center there are currently more than 6.1 million uninsured adult illegal aliens in the U.S., and more than 700,00 uninsured children who are illegal immigrants. And those numbers are probably very conservative. Now we already know that many illegal immigrants are receiving health care through Medicaid. In fact, many states agencies are not even allowed to ask if a person is in the country illegally when applying for Medicaid and other services.

And take a look at our borders. According to the Center for Immigration Studies the illegal-alien population grew by four million between 2000 and 2007. Four million in seven years. That is a very large number, which again, is probably conservative. And why do illegals come here? Primarily for work.

That brings us to E-Verify. For those you who don’t know E-Verify is:

an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

E-Verify is free and voluntary and is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security Numbers.

Starting September 9, 2009, E-Verify will be mandated for all federal contractors and subcontractors. The rule, under George W. Bush, was published in November, 2008. What took so long? The program is 99.5% accurate. My point is that our government is clearly not serious about tackling the massive problem of illegal immigration.

So when it comes to the border, illegals working here and the like, our government has basically turned its head the other way. What would make us think they would treat this new health care reform differently? They wouldn’t. In fact, many democrats could use their support for it to get more Hispanic votes.

I will leave you with this from the Center for Immigration Studies:

One out of three people in the U.S. without health insurance is an immigrant (legal or illegal) or the U.S.-born child (under 18) of an immigrant. Immigrants and their children also account for one-fourth of those on Medicaid. While there has been some discussion of whether illegal immigrants should be covered by proposed government insurance plans, the enormous impact of immigration, both legal and illegal, on the health care system has generally not been acknowledged in the current debate.

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