As Congress tackles immigration reform, Obama's health care overhaul looms

Media Outlet: 

Associated Press

President Obama has championed two sweeping policy changes: affordable healthcare for all and a path to citizenship for immigrants. But many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for healthcare benefits. "All health research shows that the older you get, the sicker you become, so these people will be sicker and will be more expensive on the system," said Matthew O'Brien, who runs a health clinic for immigrants in Philadelphia and researches health trends at Temple.