Ask any democrat and they will tell you their favorite part about Obamacare, next to the individual mandate, is Medicaid expansion. 27 states and the District of Columbia have all expanded their Medicaid programs under the new healthcare law. But Medicaid is not the only thing that is expanding, the number of immigrants benefiting from Obamacare is disproportionately high and growing by the day. A new analysis of government data from the Center for Immigration Studies shows that immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under age 18) accounted for 42 percent of the growth in Medicaid enrollment from 2011 to 2013, even though they make up just 17 percent of the U.S. population. By 2013, a quarter of all immigrants and their children were on Medicaid while only 16 percent of natural-born Americans and their children benefited from the health program. CISâ€™s director of research, Steven Camarota, said,
â€œIt seems almost certain that immigrants and their children will continue to benefit disproportionately from Obamacare as they remain much more likely than natives to be uninsured or poor,â€
He claims the significant growth in Medicaid associated with immigrants is mainly the results of a legal immigration system that admits large numbers of immigrants with relatively low-levels of education. The majority of immigrants enrolling in Medicaid programs are not illegal immigrants either, or so the study claims. Â According to the director, “the available evidence indicates that Medicaid growth associated with immigrants is largely among those legally in the country.”
The 42% Â growth in Medicaid enrollment by immigrants was not the only shocking fact this report revealed. Here are some of the findings the CSI exposed:
- The number of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) on Medicaid grew twice as fast as the number of natives and their children on Medicaid from 2011 to 2013 â€” 11 percent vs. 5 percent.
- About two-thirds of the growth in Medicaid associated with immigrants was among immigrants themselves, rather than the U.S.-born children of immigrants.
- The increase in Medicaid enrollment among immigrants and their children can be roughly estimated as costing $4.6 billion annually.
- Partly because of increased Medicaid enrollment, the share of immigrants and their children without health insurance declined more dramatically than for natives, from 28 percent in 2011 to 23 percent in 2013 â€” a five percentage-point decline. Among natives and their children, it fell from 13 percent to 11 percent â€” a two-percentage-point decline.
- Medicaid accounted for 41 percent of the decline in uninsurance associated with immigrants while it accounted for only 24 percent of the decline in uninsurance among natives and their children.
- Although Medicaid use among immigrants and their children is substantially higher than for natives and their children, it is still the case that 23 percent of immigrants and their children were uninsured in 2013 â€” twice the rate for natives.
- Overall, nearly half (48 percent) of immigrants and their children were uninsured or on Medicaid in 2013, compared to slightly over a quarter of natives (27 percent).
Now, democrats want to takeÂ Medicaid expansion even further.Â Sylvia Burwell,Â Health and Human Services chief, is pushingÂ for Obamacare benefits, including Medicaid, to be extended toÂ illegal immigrants made legal by the DREAM act.Â A number organizations, including the National Council of La Raza and the AFL-CIO, have asked the Obama administration to mandate Obamacare exchange eligibility for DREAMers. There is a good chance that will be the next lawless act Obama sends down the pen and phone pike.