THE UNINSURED: Ad Says Immigrants ‘Burden’ Health System
Advocating "stricter control over immigration," the American Immigration Control Foundation is running a radio ad arguing that uninsured immigrants are burdening the country's health care system. Titled "Health Care," the 60-second spot has been running this week in Michigan and Ohio. The ad states: "This year, controlling health care costs is at the top of everyone's priority list. And while everybody is concerned, nobody seems to have any answers. According to an independent research study, there's one answer that can reduce health care costs by as much as $8 billion a year. But everybody is afraid to bring it up. ... Uninsured immigrant health care." The ad continues: "Uninsured immigrants place a burden on our health care system that some experts expect to exceed $8 billion this year. One out of every four uninsured is an immigrant. That's more than 11 million uninsured immigrants today. And the cost of excessive immigration goes will beyond health care. Because of the tidal wave of immigrants in places like California and Florida, Michigan has lost two congressional seats. A cost we will never recover." The ad concludes: "It's time to address the high cost of runaway immigration to America. And the place to start is with the dirty little $8 billion health care secret" (Braverman, NationalJournal.com, 10/19). To listen to the ad, please click here. Note: You must have RealPlayer G2 to listen to the ad.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.