Should immigrants be able to bring over their retired parents and get free healthcare?
A lot of migration to the US, through every visa system, is actually economic migration from poor countries. Often times immigrants will eventually bring in their entire extended families from these poor countries, often including retired parents and such, folks who end up getting free healthcare here when they themselves never paid any US taxes.
Medicare costs $915/month to the taxpayer for every enrollee, and generally takes 35 years of premiums to generate the capital to provide retirees with that level of benefit over a typical lifespan.
Plus often you get one immigrant who brings in FOUR parents, including the parents of their non working spouse. So then the have one workers tax being cashed out as healthcare for five people.
So it can end up being a huge burden on the healthcare system here.
I don't want to stop people bringing over their family if they want to, but it does seem to me we should look the free healthcare. You should personally have had to work in the US for at least ten years to get any kind of social security, medicare, or Medicaid in my opinion.
Maybe even longer than ten years.