(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – Even though more than 30 million Americans remain without health insurance, the United States taxpayers are still footing a $324 million annual payment to provide healthcare treatments to illegal aliens detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
According to ICE’s year-end report, we are providing medical care, including mental healthcare, to all detained illegal aliens in Fiscal Year 2022 costs taxpayers nearly $324 million.
Noted in the report:
In FY 2022, [ICE Health Service Corps] operating budget approached $324 million. During this time, it provided direct care – including medical and dental health services – to over 118,000 noncitizens housed at 19 IHSC-operated facilities throughout the United States, which exceeded 1.1 million visits over the course of the fiscal year. IHSC also oversaw compliance with healthcare-related detention standards for more than 120,500 noncitizens housed in 163 non-IHSC-staffed facilities. [Emphasis added]
Taxpayers are paying an increasing amount for the medical care of jailed illegal immigrants. The cost reached $316 million in Fiscal Year 2021, an increase of around $8 million from the previous year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 30 million Americans still do not have health insurance, including 27.5 million working-age individuals.
Meanwhile, research indicates that more than 100 million Americans have healthcare debt.
According to calculations made by Chris Conover, a former employee of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University, taxpayers already have to foot the price for at least $18.5 billion of the annual medical expenses for illegal immigrants living in the country.
Nearly 6 in 10 American voters, including 63% of swing voters and 61% of self-described “moderates,” opposed requiring taxpayers to pay for illegal aliens’ free health care when CNN surveyed them on July 2019.
Should taxpayers be forced to pay for the healthcare of illegal immigrants, especially when Americans are losing everything to try to pay off healthcare debt?
Copyright 2023, FamilyConservationPAC.com