The Rx Dems Ignore

Democrats are still pushing for nationalized health care. If they really want to fix what they see as a medical crisis, they should start by doing something about immigration, which is linked.

A new study says mass immigration is swelling the ranks of the uninsured and driving up medical costs as more and more immigrants — including U.S.-born children of illegal aliens — seek coverage through Medicaid.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, fully one-third of immigrants lack health insurance — 2 1/2 times the rate for native-born Americans. Immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for almost three-fourths (9 million) of the increase in the uninsured population since 1989.

Illegal immigrants also account for a large share of the total uninsured population. CIS estimates that 14% of all uninsured Americans are illegal aliens, mostly from Mexico.

Unlike their parents, U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants can enroll in Medicaid, and their federal coverage is helping drive up overall health care costs.

The study says it’s no coincidence that some of the states with the highest health care costs border Mexico. Roughly half of immigrants and their children in California are uninsured or on Medicaid. In Texas and Arizona it’s more than 60%.

The impact of mass immigration on the health care system in these states is clearly enormous. Medicaid is a particular concern because half to two-thirds of the program’s costs are borne by state taxpayers.

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