The new Affordable Care Act law will provide better and more affordable health coverage for all. Except, this act will not cover any immigrants or any immigrant considered a “dreamer.” This probably means they still have to pay out of pocket and not be eligible for any health insurance.
While citizens enjoy the benefits of this new act many immigrants will continue to avoid going to the doctor or receive yearly checkups. It is a cost some cannot afford and eventually there is some reason that we all need to see the doctor. There are different diseases, infections, and even severe colds that need to be treated with antibiotics. It is not something we can get over the counter. With the Obama care the benefits of this are that 17.6 million children with conditions will no longer be denied coverage, but 11 million immigrants will be denied this coverage. This plan is taking baby steps to improve are health.
While many citizens benefit from this plan and avoid insurances high interest rates and low cost Medicaid, immigrants will be trying to cure themselves. This could be a reason to give immigrants citizenship so they can benefit from the Obama Heath Care Plan. Granted citizenship they can benefit from the improvement of quality care and the lower cost of seeing the doctor as stated by the Administration of Health Reform. Also benefit from lower cost prescriptions. There is a saving of approximately $16,000 on prescription with this plan.
According to the American Immigration Council by including immigrants in the new health care can lower the cost. This can benefit everyone, having immigrants willing to pay for insurance increases the income on the health care system. By improving the public’s health contributes to GDP in the economy. Increasing public health makes people more willing to work.
The only solution to this would be the legalization of immigrants which would solve this issue. This is what leaders of the immigration debate are suggesting. Currently there is a reform that can solve this problem which is the immigration amnesty. This may be the only solution to let immigrants benefit from the Obama Health Care Plan. By granting immigrants citizenship will give them access to a health plan. But this issue is still an ongoing debate on whether or not giving immigrants citizenship is the correct thing to do.
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