You don't like Illegal Immigrants/Undocumented Workers? Fine. But, don't hand me that whooey about them being the cause of our healthcare woes. From a comment I made over at johnedwards.com
This idea that immigrants are coming here for health care, and using up all our resources is untrue.
Health care use among undocumented Latino immigrants
M L Berk, C L Schur, L R Chavez, and M Frankel
Using data from a 1996/1997 survey of undocumented Latino immigrants in four sites, we examine reasons for coming to the United States, use of health care services, and participation in government programs. We find that undocumented Latinos come to this country primarily for jobs. Their ambulatory health care use is low compared with that of all Latinos and all persons nationally, and their rates of hospitalization are comparable except for hospitalization for childbirth. Almost half of married undocumented Latinos have a child who is a U.S. citizen. Excluding undocumented immigrants from receiving government-funded health care services is unlikely to reduce the level of immigration and likely to affect the well-being of children who are U.S. citizens living in immigrant households.
Cutting off help to them?
Elimination of public funding of prenatal care for undocumented immigrants in California: a cost/benefit analysis.
For every dollar cut from prenatal care we expect an increase of $3. 33 in the cost of postnatal care and $4.63 in incremental long-term cost. Elimination of publicly funded prenatal care for undocumented women could save the state $58 million in direct prenatal care costs but could cost taxpayers as much as $194 million more in postnatal care, resulting in a net cost of $136 million initially and $211 million in long-term costs. CONCLUSIONS: Elimination of public funding of prenatal care for undocumented immigrants in California could substantially increase low birth weight, prematurity, and postnatal costs.
Those babies are US citizens by the way, for the same reason we are, they were born here.
The myth that Hispanics are crowding our ERs?
Countering a popular belief, researchers say that communities with higher numbers of uninsured, Hispanics or non-citizens have a lower use of hospital emergency departments.
Instead, places with the highest levels of emergency department use are those with more elderly residents, communities where people have to wait a long time for appointments with their own doctors and places where a smaller percentage of the population is enrolled in HMOs vs. other kinds of insurance.
"Emergency room use is up across the population, including more middle-class folks with private insurance," says study author Peter Cunningham, a senior fellow at the Center for Studying Health System Change.
Do they use our medical facilities? Yes. Do they pay for it? Yes.
Toward estimating the impact of changes in immigrants' insurance eligibility on hospital expenditures for uncompensated care.
RESULTS: When measured at the state level, there was no significant relationship between uncompensated care expenditures and states' percentage of noncitizen immigrants. Uninsurance rates were the only significant factor in predicting uncompensated hospital care expenditures by state.
So, dislike illegal/undocumental workers all you want. Go look at the stats comparing their effect on the workplace, but don't parrot right-wing talking points that it is THEIR fault our healthcare system sucks. It's not. It's ours. For not standing up to BCBS here in North Carolina, for not backing Verla's Insko's Health Care for All bill, for not electing more Progressives.