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Cost of Illegal-Immigrant Obesity Ignored by Gang of Eight?

Mexico has far worse problems with obesity and related illnesses than the U.S. does.

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Ian Smith

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June 23, 2013 - 11:01 am
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Recent Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill puts the additional costs of Obamacare subsidies at $87 billion. The report, released Tuesday, says 2.6 million more people will be covered under the health law by 2023. Average costs are pegged at $7,200 per person.

Considering who will be given amnesty under the bill, however, the CBO’s figures should probably be higher.

A recent OECD study says that Mexico (where 61 percent of illegal aliens come from) has become one the least healthy nations on the planet, and has eclipsed the United States as the most overweight nation. According to the findings, one-third of Mexicans are obese, including 35 percent of Mexican women. The most common reasons for hospitalization in that country are now obesity-related: heart attacks, high blood pressure, and diabetes (a disease that 15 percent of the country suffers from) — making them the sixth largest national group of sufferers in the world.

According to the American Diabetes Association, in the United States — where diabetes occurs at around half the rate of Mexico — costs to the economy are already estimated at $250 billion a year.

According to 2011 figures from Homeland Security, of the 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., 6.8 million (61 percent) are from Mexico. Assuming 61 percent of the CBO’s 2.6 million (1.59 million) are from Mexico and share the same diabetes rate, this could mean almost 240 thousand diabetes sufferers will be eligible for coverage under the new health exchanges. Assuming Mexico’s diabetes rate also applies to the next three largest illegal populations — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; together 14 percent of the illegal population – means the CBO’s coverage figure could include an additional 56 thousand sufferers.

Obesity in general is a very expensive condition, according to the OECD.

They estimate it to be responsible for five to ten percent of all health-care expenditures in the U.S., with obese people incurring costs a full one-quarter more than people of “normal weight.” Further, according to the OECD report, obesity leads to general lower productivity with more days being taken off and increased disability claims on the part of workers. Because employers factor in these expectations for overweight job candidates, the OECD concludes that “obesity goes hand in hand with poor job prospects.”

Meanwhile, Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity says the average company of 1,000 employees currently faces $285,000 per year in extra obesity-related costs.

Coupled with health-care costs, obesity-related productivity losses account for over one percent of U.S. GDP every year.

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Not to worry, they're charging fat people and tobacco smokers higher Obamacare premiums because of their medically expensive life styles. Thin is in but fat is where it's at is now a new disease. The AMA had a scientific vote. Science by consensus. Cannabis smokers, IV drug users, and people trolling the bath houses for that acquired immune deficiency syndrome still pay normal premium rates. Maybe the American Psychiatric Association should take another scientific vote and return homosexuality to their diagnostic manual? If we can define all behaviors as a disease there's no limit to doing good. I'm sure Mayor Bloomberg has a rich complex of problematic and offensive behaviors vaguely reminiscent of Napoleon and my dead mother in law.
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" According to the findings, one-third of Mexicans are obese, including 35 percent of Mexican women. "

Let me be blunt - why can't we allow a lot fewer Mexican women in and a lot more Swedish and Irish women in? have we no taste at all?
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What's to worry? I hear that money grows on trees in China and other lender nations. Anyway, there's an economic boom just ahead that will be unlike anything we've ever seen in these United States. Soon we will be energy independent and shipping our unquantifiable surpluses all over the globe. We will be rolling in wealth, driving electromagnetic-powered, self-guided vehicles, and living each and every one of us in communion with holy nature.

We have only to believe, yes, believe and it will come true. We have been told so by the president and his administrators. Welcome the poor, the halt, the blind, the obese, the mentally unstable, the grifter, the displaced mercenaries, welcome all to our open breadbasket. Eat of our fruits and rejoice, rejoice!

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You can always tell an illegal immigrant who recently jumped the fence. They're small, skinny and hungry-looking. After a few months of American food they get chubby, then round, then fat.
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We should do to the 'Gang of Eight' what the Chinese did to the 'Gang of Four'......
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The Ruling Class in the Beltway consider that a 2fer. Not only do they get another 11-20 million votes, but what better way to overwhelm our hospitals, and push single-payer health care?
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The only thing the gang of eight is thinking about is votes. The Democrats know amnesty means future elections will be a mere formality because they will have a lock on power. The RINOs think enough votes will come their way so they can keep their seats and that is all they care about. As for the costs and future of the country: what does that matter compared to power?
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This column is more significant than you might think. A lefty New Yorker friend of mine who hates the Nanny Bloomberg laws has told me quite emphatically that it's all about New York's budget being strained by the fat, sugar-eating, heart-diseased, diabetic Caribbeans who get their free medical care from the city. Of course it's unthinkable to let them eat Medicaid, so more of those laws are coming our way to punish the many for the sins of the few.
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Not to worry, they're charging fat people and tobacco smokers higher Obamacare premiums because of their medically expensive life styles. Thin is in but fat is where it's at is now a new disease. The AMA had a scientific vote. Science by consensus. Cannabis smokers, IV drug users, and people trolling the bath houses for that acquired immune deficiency syndrome still pay normal premium rates. Maybe the American Psychiatric Association should take another scientific vote and return homosexuality to their diagnostic manual? If we can define all behaviors as a disease there's no limit to doing good. I'm sure Mayor Bloomberg has a rich complex of problematic and offensive behaviors vaguely reminiscent of Napoleon and my dead mother in law.
1 year ago
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" According to the findings, one-third of Mexicans are obese, including 35 percent of Mexican women. "

Let me be blunt - why can't we allow a lot fewer Mexican women in and a lot more Swedish and Irish women in? have we no taste at all?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
What's to worry? I hear that money grows on trees in China and other lender nations. Anyway, there's an economic boom just ahead that will be unlike anything we've ever seen in these United States. Soon we will be energy independent and shipping our unquantifiable surpluses all over the globe. We will be rolling in wealth, driving electromagnetic-powered, self-guided vehicles, and living each and every one of us in communion with holy nature.

We have only to believe, yes, believe and it will come true. We have been told so by the president and his administrators. Welcome the poor, the halt, the blind, the obese, the mentally unstable, the grifter, the displaced mercenaries, welcome all to our open breadbasket. Eat of our fruits and rejoice, rejoice!

So says

Barack the Benevolent
Barack the Beneficent
Barack the Brave
Barack the Boastful
Barack the Bastard
Barack the Busybody
Barack the Backward
Barack the Beautiful
Barack the Black
Barack the Bland
Barack the Baleful
Barack the (fill in with your own....)
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you bein rwacist.....X'DDDDDDDDD............
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