Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal, July 25, 2008
Some liberal and left-wing groups are pushing for possible universal health insurance plans to cover the more than 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S..
But Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign Friday said his universal health plans do not extend to undocumented immigrants.
The Progressive Democrats of America and some Democratic congressional members want to see universal insurance programs, if enacted, to include illegal immigrants.
There are an estimated 47 million persons on the U.S. without health insurance. Illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up 8.3 million of that uninsured number, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Thirteen percent of American citizens do not have health insurance compared to 69 percent of illegal immigrants in Arizona, 70 percent in Texas and 64 percent nationally, according to CIS.