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REPORT: US taxpayers pay $18.5B for illegal alien healthcare

BY TRACY MATHESON / FEBRUARY 27, 2018 /
 

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Taxpayers in America are paying $18.5 billion to cross-subsidize healthcare for illegal aliens. In 2016, federal taxpayers provided $11.2 billion in subsidized care to illegal aliens, with other funding coming from state and local taxpayers, cost-shifting, tax exemptions and tax expenditures.

According to Forbes, current federal policy prohibits federal tax funding of healthcare for illegal aliens through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Despite the prohibition, the nation’s estimated 3.9 million uninsured illegal aliens receive healthcare through other channels.

Approximately $4.6 billion in health services for illegal aliens are funded by federal taxes, with an additional $2.8 billion in healthcare financed by state and local taxpayers. “Cost-shifting” accounts for another $3 billion, and occurs when insured patients are charged more by hospitals to cover uncompensated care losses.

Cost-shifting is necessary since hospitals are required to abide by the Emergency Treatment and Labor Act, a federal law that obligates them to treat patients with emergencies regardless of their ability to pay.

Forbes contributor Chris Conover contended, “If the federal government eliminated whatever payments it now makes for undocumented immigrants, hospitals hypothetically would not respond by increasing charges to recover part of their increased uncompensated care costs, but instead make adjustments in the form of either spending less on other things or taking steps to discourage undocumented immigrants from showing up at their doors.”

Physician charity care for illegal aliens is estimated to cost $1.5 billion, representing an average of $1,750 for each of the country’s 855,000 active physicians, who receive no tax write off for charitable contributions.

Illegal aliens are also the beneficiaries of at least $0.9 billion in implicit federal subsidies attributable to the tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals and an additional $5.7 billion in tax expenditures from the employer tax exclusion.

Since an estimated 3.9 million illegal aliens are uninsured, approximately 7.7 million have some sort of coverage for their healthcare costs. There is insufficient data regarding such coverage. Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation said that “some are buying non-group, but I’d agree that it’s primarily employer coverage.”

Conover wrote, “Assuming that 86 percent have employer-provided coverage (which is the identical percentage among all non-elderly adults having private coverage in 2016: Table HIC-2), this would equal 6.6 million undocumented workers with such coverage.”

Most members of Congress have never visited the border, or gone to a job fair to see Americans applying for jobs that are often given to illegals.  In 2013, DML and his fan base sent copies of his films They Come to America I and II to members of Congress. It helped stopped the Gang of 8 bill from granting amnesty.   It’s time to do it again, now that Trump is talking about amnesty.

Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends said They Come to America: The Cost of Illegal Immigrationwas Oscar worthy.  Problem was, Hollywood would not give the film a chance because it put an American face on the problem of illegal immigration.

Sean Hannity dedicated an entire hour program to They Come to America II: The Cost of Amnesty.  Hannity said, “Such an important film when America’s security is at stake.”

They Come to America III: The Cost of Obama’s Legacy was “the best film about illegal immigration ever made”,  claims broadcasting legend, John Roland.

 

Governor Mike Huckabee dedicated an unprecedented two segments of his TV program to highlight DML’s work along the borders, stating it was the best set of documentaries he had ever seen regarding border security.

When DML walked off the set of Huckabee, he was greeted by actor Jon Voight.  “I am so impressed Mr. Lynch,” said the Hollywood icon.

DML is currently producing They Come to America 4: The Cost of Open Borders.  He says it will be the most important film he’s made on the topic of immigration.  It is expected to be complete spring 2018.

“It is so important for people to see the first three films, that I am going to give away DVDs for free,” said DML during a recent interview.  DML will instruct his supporters on Monday during the Truth to send the free copy to the White House in an attempt to open the president’s eyes. 

They Come to America I, II, and III are now available on DVD.  The three films are packed together in one DVD case called the “TRILOGY.”  Shipping of the TRILOGY begins March 15.  If you pre-order now, you will receive a FREE TRILOGY set to send to the White House.

DML has two more films also available on DVD.  ‘We Ride to DC’ and ‘A Day at Bundy’s.’  If you pre-order the TRILOGY, you can pick up both films for just $5 each.

If you order today, Monday, February 26, DML will include a personal, hand-written thank you note.

Again, if you order the TRILOGY now, you get a FREE TRILOGY to send to the White House.  The price is just $45.  That’s 6 DVDs for just $45.

If you want to tack on We Ride to DC and A Day at Bundy’s, the total cost is just $55. Every order made today comes with a personalized thank you note from DML.

The FREE TRILOGY offer will end on March 15, and because we plan on giving away so many for free, DVD quantities will be limited.  If you order today, you help DML showcase They Come to America 4, as it helps pay the fees to get the film listed on demand services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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