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Florida Pays Shocking Amount for Illegal Immigrant Healthcare

Florida has spent over $500 million in illegal immigrant healthcare, and American citizens should not have to foot the bill.

Florida has taken a bold step forward with the unveiling of a dashboard that sheds light on a staggering reality: the total cost of uncompensated health care for illegal immigrants in the state now exceeds $566 million. This revelation, announced this past week, is a disturbing number and a wake-up call to address the unsustainable burden illegal immigration places on Florida’s, and the rest of the country’s, health care system and its taxpayers.

Whenever our leaders choose to hide data, it’s as clear as day—they know full well their strategies are coming up short. This is why many are applauding Florida‘s Governor Ron DeSantis for shining a spotlight on these pivotal numbers, underscoring the crucial role of transparency in the art of governance. The push for a wider disclosure of the financial toll stemming from illegal immigration in different arenas, coupled with the urgent need for law enforcement to rigorously check immigration status during encounters, is gaining momentum.

Our hospitals and healthcare systems stand as pillars of excellence, designed from the ground up to cater to the health needs of American citizens. But now, they’re buckling under the weight of an issue they were never meant to shoulder: the staggering costs brought on by illegal immigration. Thanks to the Biden administration‘s lax policies on border control, we’re witnessing an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings. This influx has placed an untenable burden on our healthcare facilities, threatening the quality and affordability of care that Americans have come to rely on. The ripple effects of illegal immigration are palpable, draining our resources and driving up healthcare costs for law-abiding residents.

It’s unsustainable and blatantly unfair for us to foot the bill for individuals who bypass our legal entry points, contributing nothing in taxes yet benefiting from services meant for tax-paying citizens. This situation flouts the basic principles of fairness and responsibility that our nation was built on. Florida’s move to illuminate the harsh realities of these costs is not just commendable—it’s essential. It lays bare the dire need for a robust overhaul of our immigration policies and a return to a system that prioritizes the welfare of Americans first and foremost.

It’s high time we restore order, ensuring that our generosity as a nation is not exploited by those unwilling to follow the rules that everyone else is expected to abide by. Governor DeSantis‘ initiative is a step in the right direction, spotlighting the financial strain on our healthcare system and setting the stage for a much-needed national conversation about the real costs of illegal immigration. We owe it to our citizens to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and uphold the integrity of our healthcare system—ensuring it remains strong and accessible for those who have rightfully contributed to it.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.