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Organization says immigrants threaten to add billions to healthcare costs

August 19, 2009 by  

Organization says immigrants threaten to add billions to healthcare costsAs the debate continues about the shape of the proposed healthcare reform, ProEnglish says translation costs may add billions of dollars to the already stretched Medicare budget.

The organization, which advocates making English the official language of government in the U.S., says providing free interpreters for non-English speaking patients, as proposed in the healthcare reform legislation, will ultimately bankrupt Medicare.

"[Because the] Medicare program already faces $38 trillion in unfunded liabilities according to the most recent trustees’ report, and is predicted to be bankrupt in a few years, adding an entitlement to free translation services is unbelievably irresponsible," says K.C. McAlpin, executive director of ProEnglish.

He adds the provision will remove incentives for immigrants to learn English and become self-sufficient, and will shift liability for injuries or deaths due to translation errors onto the medical provider, further adding to the escalating cost of healthcare.

Meanwhile, a recent study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform has documented the cost of illegal immigration in Pennsylvania.

It says the state pays $660 million a year to educate children of illegal aliens, $50 million a year to provide healthcare for their families and an estimated $17.5 million to incarcerate criminals who are undocumented foreigners.
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  • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    The demos will grant amnesty giving citizenship to millions making it possible for them to bring in millions moooore. We are now overpopulated with each of us contributing to the environmental damage. Think what millions moooore will do? Plus added crime and welfare costs. We cannot afford moooore peole. PLUS, stop breeding people on welfare. The largely will remain tax users. WE cannot afford this. Our politicians have put us deeply in debt. Get rid of the big spenders, When debt is as big as ours every dollar counts.

    • Doreen McCoy

      You said it good there Jack how could I forget about all this extra breeding that they do for that is another good example of what we have to pay for. The lady I spoke about in my last post has a good plan going on for now she is trying to get another one of her family members to come over her and run up a bunch of debt and then go back to her country once again, can’t anyone see what is going on here and is it really that hard for them to figure this out. It is hard for me to believe that they are that stupid to let this happen over and over again. Someone needs to wake up to this fact that is happening more then we know. I was outraged when this lady told me this story so how many more illegal’s are doing the same thing she is doing. Read ubove on my last post for I could not believe my ear’s when she told me that story and by the way she was talking to me about it she plans on getting everyone she knows in her country to do this. THIS SHIT HAS GOT TO STOP for it makes me wonder how many more are doing the same thing. WAKE UP GOVERMENT!

      • Patricia Henson

        Doreen McCoy Reply, It is absolutely true what she told you. I lived in New Mexico recently and watched evey pay day as hundreds of illegals sent money back to Mexico at Walmart. They use the Walmart money grams to do this and Walmart don’t care because they make money off of the wires too. I seen families that draw welfare defrauding the government by one of them working under a different name than they applied for welfare under or they got paid under the table. When you report it they are more interested in who you are than the one actually breaking the law. I am so tired of being called a racist if I speak out on this. As much trouble as this country is in economically I think the borders need to be shut down completely and the illegals need to be deported. I personally don’t want to pay for healthcare or anything else to or for illegal aliens. Obama plans on getting around this by granting them all amnesty. This is the only place I’ve seen that rewards someone for breaking the law.

        • http://yahoo sheila

          I know what you mean, I am disabled and had to wait 7yrs. to get disability and a medicare card. I too had to hire an attorney and in the time it took to get approved, I lost everything! The government gives hospitals millions of dollars every year to take care of illegal aliens and the staff is not allowed to ask them if they are here illegally. I am certainly not racist but, I get tired of them coming over here and sending all their money back to Mexico where, their money is worth more. Why can’t we send them back to their own country and give the millions they get in health care to the Americans that don’t have any? We don’t need government health care.

  • Doreen McCoy

    This is just way out of control why we as tax payers have to take care of all these illegal aliens that no one seems to do anything about. I can not believe we work hard all of our lives to take care of illegal aliens. I think they all need to go back were they came from and secure our borders more then what they do now, which by the way is nothing. I do not understand WHY for they say it cost to much extra money to secure the borders and if they just would do it, look at the amount of money we would save by not giving them free health care free food stamps and everyting else they get free when they come over here. It also burns me up for as soon as they do get over here they get as many credit cards as they want, WHAT IS UP WITH THAT CRAP and can’t no one see how much it cost us to let them live here! Then we wonder why we are in the mess we are in. It does not take to much to figure out what some of our problems are. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? I know one lady that came over her and she got at least 6 credit cards ran them all up to the limits and then left the USA and went back to live in her country, so tell me what kind of crap is that and who is going to pay those bills off if you did not guess it already? That is a good example of what kind of shit we as tax payers get stuck with other peoples debts when they are done using the GOOD OLD USA for we if you did not know this already will help everyone but our own! VERY ANGRY HERE!!!

    • Patricia Henson

      Doreen Reply, Amen. You are the person who pays for defunct credit card debt as well as house morgages, car loans,(as they take the cars with them as they go back over the border) and every other debt that they run out on. Then the government wants to take money from Medicare from our seniors who have paid their dues to give to the free-loading illegals who have never paid a penny into the system. While they are over here they get foodstamps,rent money, utility money,and a free education. It costs millions just for the special classes in English at school and it also takes time from your children because the teacher has to spend so much time teaching the illegals children English. I really don’t think people really know how much it costs to give them food,rent, utilities,education, and healthcare,not to mention clothing and pocket money that they get from the government. Most times they have access to things you couldn’t get in a million years, and they appreciate it so much by running back over the border when they get enough stuff stockpiled over there.

  • Jane

    Do the one’s that want the “Healthcare” bill to pass, even know where all the extra Doctor’s are coming from, or how to pay them? I do not want illegals to get free healthcare. It cost enough for me to get it, much less paying for them. I couldn’t go to their country and get free anything…..

  • C Lee

    Maybe someone out there can explain something to me. This is a serious question Iam not makeing a joke. I became disabled 18 months ago after working for 40 years. I am an American born and bread yet I have to wait a total of 29 months before Iam eligeble for medicare benifits. You give up the first five months so they can be sure your really disabled then you wait 24 months to get yor medicare card, all of this after having to hire an attourny and pay them out of your social security proceeds. Now what does the govt. think you are going to pay your ongoing medical bills with because if your disabled obviously something is wrong with you medicaly. The reason Iam asking this question in this forum is because Iam hearing people talk about Illegal aliens getting medicare I mean what in the HELL is going on here. Is it just me or is there something horribly wrong with this picture. Someone PLEASE ANSWER.

    • Patricia Henson

      C Lee, I can sympathize with you as I went through the same thing. I had to fight for my disability and then I had to wait 2 yrs. for Medicare. I lived in New Mexico at that time and seen with my own eyes illegal aliens applying and getting both with no waiting periods, hell, they didn’t even need ID to prove who they were and I had to sell my birthright to even walk in the door. I was very ill at the time and went to apply for Medicaid until I could receive Medicare and I was literally told, God as my witness that I would have to go home and die as the state was broke already due to an influx of babies being born that year to illegals.(It was only March).I wish you luck, maybe medicaid in your state isn’t so hard to get.

      • http://yahoo sheila

        I know that the illegal aliens get more privilages than the American people do, I had to get food stamps while waiting for my social security check and medicare card. I was told that the wait would be long and the social worker told me that if I was from Mexico that I would have got what I needed that very day! We need to close our borders and take care of the American people that have lived, worked hard all their lives and loved their country with all their hearts. These people get food stamps, don’t have to pay taxes for 7yrs. I was always taught that charity starts at home, when we have all we need then maybe we can help others.

  • C Lee

    Maybe someone out there can explain something to me. This is a serious question Iam not makeing a joke. I became disabled 18 months ago after working for 40 years. I am an American born and bread yet I have to wait a total of 29 months before Iam eligeble for medicare benifits. You give up the first five months so they can be sure your really disabled then you wait 24 months to get yor medicare card, all of this after having to hire an attourny and pay them out of your social security proceeds. Now what does the govt. think you are going to pay your ongoing medical bills with because if your disabled obviously something is wrong with you medicaly. The reason Iam asking this question in this forum is because Iam hearing people talk about Illegal aliens getting medicare I mean what in the HELL is going on here. Is it just me or is there something horribly wrong with this picture.

    • John C. Davidson

      The system is so corrupt it is unbelievable, but you are confusing medicaire with medicaid. Perhaps our government engages in confusing us on purpose to allow the lawyer to intervein and profit at our expense.

      • John

        Whats the difference? Medicaid or Medicare it still cost every tax payer. We as Americans need to replace the two parties with a party thet takes care of Americans needs first.

    • Smilee

      C Lee says:
      August 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

      Can’t tell you why they wrote the law that way and I agree it does not make much sense but it was written many years ago and being without health care was not as expensive as it is now. The only good point about the lawyers is their money is capped quite low by stature. I went through this as well but did not have to hire attorney as I did not have to appeal it as I was approved the first time. The same laws apply to illegals as apply to you, you need to have worked 40 quarters of paying in to get the benefit and that is 10 years and I have no idea how many illegals have been here 10 years and paid into it that long. To John C it is Medicare and C Lee understands it correctly and you do not and your corruption and confusion charges does not hold water either, you sound bitter and John you make no sense either in fact you sound down right confused.

  • RICH

    WE’LL,AFTER READING ALL THE POSTS……..Im Angry””! What Kind Of People Are Being Elected To “SERVE” Us””? WHy Is There Talk Of AMNESTY Instead Of “DEPORTATION” Of “ALL” The Illegals And Their Children””? I Think Our Federal Govt Is “CROOKED”! We Need To Get Rid Of All The ILLEGAL CHAFF””AND Illegals””!

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