When the 2020 Democrats all raised their hands agreeing to provide illegal immigrants with health care, they may not have realized they just saddled the taxpayer with a huge check.
During the first round of Democratic presidential primary debates earlier this year, every single candidate raised their hand when asked if their health care proposals would cover illegal immigrants.
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Estimates for the total bill sent to taxpayers to fund illegal immigrant health care ranges from $10 billion to $23 billion per year.
The total cost varies as the exact number of illegal immigrants is unknown, as is the percentage of illegal immigrants who fall below the income threshold to qualify for such health care programs. This study used an estimate of 4.9 million illegal immigrants qualifying for the program, resulting in a bill of $10 billion per year, rising to $23 billion if that number includes all illegal immigrants.
Broken down, each Affordable Care Act subsidy would average $4,600 per undocumented person per year to fulfill the Democrat’s promise of health care coverage for illegal immigrants.
Beyond the hypothetical costs of funding the Affordable Care Act stipends for all illegal immigrants, the Center for Immigration Studies also looked into the costs associated with Medicaid today for both legal and illegal immigrants to better understand the total costs Americans are facing today — without paying for all illegal immigrants as Democrats suggested.
Under the current Medicaid system, the average immigrant family added $2,796 to the taxpayer’s tab on Medicaid. In comparison, the average family of native citizens only added $1,983 to the total tab.
The vast majority of this funding is going to immigrant families that are legal citizens, but the data used by the center does include some illegal immigrants, as certain states allow illegal immigrant children and pregnant women to use the program.