Again a figure that significantly underestimates the real number, but it’s a starting point for looking at the cost of amnesty to the social welfare system.
If the Senate immigration bill becomes law, federal health care spending would increase by $112 billion over the next decade as more people take advantage of Medicaid, Medicare and subsidies from President Obama’s health care law, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
CBO noted that the current language in the bill leaves it unclear which categories of immigrants would be eligible for various government benefits.
Under CBO’s interpretation, passage of the bill would boost spending on subsidies to purchase health insurance on Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges by $82.3 billion from 2014 through 2023; increase Medicaid spending by 29.3 billion; and raise Medicare spending by $0.8 billion.
In the second decade following passage, the law would increase federal spending on low-income health programs by $400 billion, according to the CBO.
Well what’s half a trillion in exchange for winning an extra 3 percent of the Latino vote in the next election?