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Obama destroying U.S.A with immigrants-Obamacare
A key part of the Affordable Care Act is Medicaid expansion for those with low incomes. A new analysis of government data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under age 18) have been among the primary beneficiaries of Medicaid growth. The data show that immigrants and their children accounted for 42 percent of the growth in Medicaid enrollment from 2011 to 2013. Immigrants benefited more from Medicaid expansion than natives because a much larger share of immigrants are poor and uninsured. It seems almost certain that immigrants and their children will continue to benefit disproportionately from Obamacare, as they remain much more likely than natives to be uninsured or poor. The available evidence indicates that Medicaid growth associated with immigrants is largely among those legally in the country.
Among the findings:
The number of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) on Medicaid grew twice as fast as the number of natives and their children on Medicaid from 2011 to 2013 — 11 percent vs. 5 percent.
Immigrants and their children accounted for 42 percent of Medicaid enrollment growth from 2011 to 2013, even though they accounted for only 17 percent of the nation’s total population and 23 percent of overall U.S. population growth over this time period.
About two-thirds of the growth in Medicaid associated with immigrants was among immigrants themselves, rather than the U.S.-born children of immigrants.
The increase in Medicaid enrollment among immigrants and their children can be roughly estimated as costing $4.6 billion annually.
By 2013, 25 percent of immigrants and their children were on Medicaid, compared to 16 percent of natives and their children.
Partly because of increased Medicaid enrollment, the share of immigrants and their children without health insurance declined more dramatically than for natives, from 28 percent in 2011 to 23 percent in 2013 — a five percentage-point decline. Among natives and their children, it fell from 13 percent to 11 percent — a two percentage-point decline.
Medicaid accounted for 41 percent of the decline in uninsurance associated with immigrants, while it accounted for only 24 percent of the decline in uninsurance among natives and their children.
Although Medicaid use among immigrants and their children is substantially higher than for natives and their children, it is still the case that 23 percent of immigrants and their children were uninsured in 2013 — twice the rate for natives.
Overall, nearly half (48 percent) of immigrants and their children were uninsured or on Medicaid in 2013, compared to slightly over a quarter of natives (27 percent).
Data Source. Data for this analysis come from the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplements, often abbreviated as CPS ASEC or just ASEC.The ASEC is collected in March of each year and asks respondents about health insurance coverage, including Medicaid, in the prior calendar year. Thus, the ASEC from March 2014 provides coverage information for 2013, the data from March 2013 provide information about 2012, and so on. This report is based on the 2012, 2013, and 2014 public-use files of the ASEC. Medicaid coverage as reported in the ASEC includes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid programs that have state specific names such as Medi-Cal in California or TennCare in Tennessee. Prior research indicates that the ASEC underestimates Medicaid use, so the actual growth in enrollment is almost certainly greater than reported here.
Immigrants (legal and illegal) are referred to by the Census Bureau as the foreign-born. The foreign-born are individuals who were not U.S. citizens at birth. This includes naturalized citizens, permanent residents (green card holders), illegal immigrants, and some long-term visitors such as foreign students and guest workers who respond to the survey. Of immigrants in the ASEC, slightly more than a quarter are estimated to be in the country illegally.8 Figures reported for immigrants and their U.S.-born children include children under age 18 born in the United States who have two immigrant parents or an immigrant father. Those with an immigrant mother and a native-born father are counted with the figures for natives.
While some number of illegal immigrants may be enrolled in Medicaid due to fraud or administrative errors, these numbers should be small. A modest number of illegal immigrant women who are pregnant also are enrolled in the program. In addition, a significant share of the U.S.-born children of immigrants have illegal immigrant parents. But overall the growth in Medicaid use associated with immigrants reflects the fact that a large share of immigrants allowed into the country legally are unable to provide health insurance for themselves or their children. As a result, taxpayers step in and provide Medicaid.