There is one comment on this story. Click here to view comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email

December 14, 2012
Eric Gay photo

Yahiden Lopez takes medication from his mother at their home, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Alamo, Texas. Lopez was born in the United States, but his mother is an illegal immigrant.When healthcare reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation�s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent. The only larger group will be people who qualify for insurance but fail to enroll, according to a 2012 study by the Washington-based Urban Institute.

Eric Gay photo

Illegal immigrants Sonia Limas, left, and her pregnant daughter, Gloriely Lopez, are reflected in a mirror at their home, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Alamo, Texas. When healthcare reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation�s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent. The only larger group will be people who qualify for insurance but fail to enroll, according to a 2012 study by the Washington-based Urban Institute.

Eric Gay photo

Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in San Juan, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in San Juan, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Gloria Lopez, center, feeds her nephew, Yahiden Lopez, left, and son, Yareth Lopez, right, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Alamo, Texas. When healthcare reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation�s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent. The only larger group will be people who qualify for insurance but fail to enroll, according to a 2012 study by the Washington-based Urban Institute.

Eric Gay photo

Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in San Juan, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Sonia Limas, an illegal immigrant, talks about her health care situation at her home, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Alamo, Texas. When healthcare reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation�s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent. The only larger group will be people who qualify for insurance but fail to enroll, according to a 2012 study by the Washington-based Urban Institute.

Eric Gay photo

Sonia Limas, an illegal immigrant, talks about her health care situation at her home, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Alamo, Texas.When healthcare reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation�s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent. The only larger group will be people who qualify for insurance but fail to enroll, according to a 2012 study by the Washington-based Urban Institute.

Eric Gay photo

Alma Fuentes, a legal immigrant, talks about a recent stroke and her health care issues, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Fresnos, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Alma Fuentes , a legal immigrant, talks about a recent stroke and her health care issues, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Fresnos, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Alma Fuentes, a legal immigrant, sits next to her bag of medications as she talks about a recent stroke and her health care issues, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Fresnos, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Sonia Limas, an illegal immigrant, talks about her health care situation at her home, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Alamo, Texas.

Eric Gay photo

Alma Fuentes, a legal immigrant, talks about a recent stroke and her health care issues, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Fresnos, Texas.