Panel Video: Impact of Immigration on Health Care Reform

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Mark Krikorian and Steven A. Camarota for the Center for Immigration Studies addressed the links between immigration policy and health care reform. They noted that a high proportion of immigrants, both legal and illegal, were among the ranks of the uninsured, and that even affluent and educated immigrants were more likely to lack health insurance than "natives." They talked about possible cultural influences on the low rates of insurance, the inclusion of immigration concerns in health care reform solutions, and the likely impact of providing health insurance to immigrants. Panelist James R. Edwards Jr., a Senior Fellow for CIS, and Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation provided additional commentary on the potential strain immigration may have on the health care system