The Rand Corporation, a US think tank has released a study that the increase in the number of peole in the US today without health insurance is
largely caused by the increased population of illegal immigrants. If the numbers hold true, 1/3rd of the uninsured are in the US illegally.
The RAND Corp, think tank is also projesting that since the number of illegal immigrants that are entering the US is growing rapidly, the number of
uninsured will also increase porportionally
WASHINGTON (AP) — The increase in the number of people without health insurance has occurred largely because of illegal immigration, a study
Researchers at the RAND Corporation, a non-partisan think tank, analyzed data received from about 2,400 people in Los Angeles County in 2000 and 2001,
and applied that information to the nation's undocumented population at large.
The number of uninsured adults in the United States grew by about 8.7 million between 1980 and 2000. If the trend for Los Angeles County held true for
the rest of the country, about a third of that growth can be attributable to illegal immigrants.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Many say that the population of illegal immigrants in the US is good for the economy.
They perform services that many Americans would not want to do and for lower wages.
Unfortunately, many forget that the the illegal immigrant is costing the tax payer billions of dollars a year. This article addresses the number of
uninsured people in the US. What it does not go over is the results that this causes.
Where do you think the uninsured goes when they need medical assistance? To the ER. Where they are given the basic medical attention that they need
for FREE! this raises the operating costs of the hospitals which in turn raises insurance rates for the insured.
As the article so eloquently stated:
"There are pros and cons of providing insurance to the undocumented that should be debated openly," he said. "Undocumented immigrants make up too
much of the issue to be ignored or hidden by polite silence."
[edit on 11/12/05 by FredT]