President Donald Trump has been on a roll lately. Since taking office almost three years ago, he has learned that if he wants something done, he will have to do it himself rather than wait on Congress.
And that’s exactly what Trump did recently when signed an executive order that will prevent most legal immigrants from coming into the United States unless they have their own health insurance not subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
In other words, the president is trying to limit how many immigrants come to America and will be heavily reliant on taxpayer funded healthcare.
The order would not apply to those seeking asylum or non-immigrant visas, but others could be prevented from coming to the U.S. if they don’t have insurance.
“While our healthcare system grapples with the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs,” the proclamation says.
“Notably, data show that lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance. Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.”
The proclamation reads in part:
Healthcare providers and taxpayers bear substantial costs in paying for medical expenses incurred by people who lack health insurance or the ability to pay for their healthcare. Hospitals and other providers often administer care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them. The costs associated with this care are passed on to the American people in the form of higher taxes, higher premiums, and higher fees for medical services.
The new rule, which goes into effect Nov. 3, is estimated to save taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
“In total, uncompensated care costs — the overall measure of unreimbursed services that hospitals give their patients — have exceeded $35 billion in each of the last 10 years. These costs amount to approximately $7 million on average for each hospital in the United States, and can drive hospitals into insolvency. Beyond uncompensated care costs, the uninsured strain Federal and State government budgets through their reliance on publicly funded programs, which ultimately are financed by taxpayers,” the proclamation says.
Recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that over 22 million “non-citizens” now live in the United States.
The statistics also showed a whopping 13.7 percent of the nation’s 2018 population — nearly 44.7 million people — was born in another country.
States and cities across the country — such as New York, California, and others — are spending billions in taxpayer money to help illegal aliens.
“Today’s foreign-born resident rate has surged to about one in seven in California, Texas, Florida, and New York — the nation’s largest states — where the foreign born population is 15 percent higher than it is elsewhere in America,” The Daily Mail reported.
“In 2015, more than 58,000 families received $602 million in benefits. The next year, some 64,000 families received $675 million,” the report added.
Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation senior fellow who studies poverty and illegal immigration, said those costs represent “the tip of the iceberg.”
“They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend,” Rector said, including the costs of education, police and fire, medical, and subsidized housing — which can total $24,000 per year in government spending per family.