Obamacare and Uncontrolled Immigration: Full Speed to National Disaster

Article author: 
Mike Scruggs
Article publisher: 
Tribune Papers
Article date: 
3 November 2013
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

...A principle objective of Obamacare is to make healthcare insurance available to all residents of the United States at reasonable prices. Note that “residents” of the United States include native-born American citizens, naturalized American citizens, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants [illegal aliens]. Most reasonable people would confine government benefit payments to U.S. citizens... Why are we trying to fund some sort of worldfare for visitors, many of whom are here illegally?...

According to a 2009 study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), 27 percent of U.S. residents do not have any health insurance. However, only 13 percent of native-born Americans lack health insurance, but 32 percent of all immigrants and their children under 18 do not have health insurance.

... a huge portion of whatever Obamacare will cost will simply be a transfer payment from native-born Americans to immigrants [and illegal aliens]. Since approximately 64 percent of illegal immigrants have no health insurance, we can conclude that a major fraction of Obamacare costs will be a transfer payment from native-born Americans to illegal immigrants. Furthermore, approximately 85 percent of the increase in uninsured households within the last five years is attributable to new immigration, legal and illegal.

It now appears that Obamacare is not going to save working Americans money. It is going to cost them dearly... The ironic consequence of this thoughtless politicizing of healthcare is that healthcare is being made less available to Americans, so it can be given liberally to illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] who are taking American jobs, using false or stolen identities, and defrauding the government out of taxes...

According to CIS, approximately 48 percent of immigrants [and illegal aliens] are either uninsured or on Medicaid. This is because of the lower education and skill levels of the recent wave of immigrants. Before the “chain migration” provisions of the 1965 Immigration “Reform” Act, the average American immigrant was better educated and more skilled than the average American...

As Steve Camarota with CIS has said, “It is very difficult to imagine getting our healthcare house in order without getting our immigration house in order.”

The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill that passed the U.S. Senate earlier this year is now under consideration by the U.S. House. This bill is not about getting our “immigration house” in order. It is massive special interest legislation driven by cheap labor lobbyists and those who stand to gain by changing the American electorate to one more supportive of left-liberal social and economic policies. According to the Heritage Foundation, the measurable fiscal costs of its amnesty provision for 11.5 million illegal immigrants alone would cost American taxpayers $6.3 trillion over the long term. That does not count its provision to bring an additional 30 to 33 million legal immigrant workers into the U.S. over the next decade to compete with American workers. This would inflict considerable painful damage on the wages and job prospects of American workers. Excess legal and illegal foreign labor supply is already costing the average American worker $2,800 per year. This is essentially an economic transfer of $400 billion from American workers to businesses and individuals who use legal and illegal foreign labor...