Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Immigrants subsidize Medicare recipients, study says

Immigrants use fewer services than other Americans do and yet they pay the same into it.   - - Donna Poisl

Written by Kelly Kennedy, USA Today

WASHINGTON — Immigrants contributed about $115 billion more from their paychecks to the Medicare Trust Fund than they took out over a seven-year period in the past decade, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School.

As the Senate debates a new immigration bill and House Republicans work toward a bill that restricts access to government services for unauthorized immigrants who become legal citizens, the researchers concluded in a study released Wednesday that restricting immigration could deplete the fund. Researchers looked at data from 2002 to 2009.
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