The New York Times this week asked all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates whether or not their health care plans would include extending government-sponsored insurance plans to illegal aliens.
A troubling number of them said they would indeed include such a proposal in their plans while others simply declined to answer the questions. Very few of them – none that have even the slightest chance of winning the nomination – outright said they would not include such a clause.
And even those candidates who did insist that taxpayer-funded healthcare should be restricted to American citizens tempered that opinion with some gobbledygook about “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is Democrat-Speak for amnesty.
From the Times’ answers:
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) said, “Undocumented immigrants should have the option of purchasing health insurance on the exchange.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said: “Access to quality, affordable health care is a human right. We need to make our health care system more effective and efficient, and we must pass comprehensive immigration reform that creates a pathway to citizenship for those already living in the United States.”
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said, “Undocumented immigrants should be able to buy coverage through the public option.”
Julian Castro said yes, explaining: “Undocumented immigrants pay taxes and are contributing members of our communities. I believe they should be eligible for government health care support and put on a pathway to citizenship. I look forward to putting forward a health care plan that addresses the health care gap for undocumented families.”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said yes, explaining, “I support the process outlined in the Medicare for All bill, which ensures universal coverage.”
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said yes, explaining: “They would be allowed to buy into my public option. Under current law, hospitals in the U.S. cannot refuse to treat patients who need care. Therefore, our system already pays for health care for undocumented immigrants — usually through emergency rooms, which are the most expensive form of care.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign said yes, explaining, “Medicare for All means just that: all. Bernie’s plan would provide coverage to all U.S. residents, regardless of immigration status.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said yes, explaining, “It is in society’s interest to have everyone be as healthy as possible, and that’s achieved through access to affordable health care for everyone.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said yes, explaining that “Health care is a basic human right.”
Marianne Williamson said yes.
Businessman Andrew Yang said yes, explaining, “I believe in a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants. Anyone who applied for that pathway would be eligible to buy into the Medicare for All system.”
Others, including frontrunner Joe Biden, decided not to answer the question at all in cowardly fashion. And a few, like Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, said no, but couched that no with some babble about a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants. So the answer is really yes, but just a delayed yes.
Nothing would turn a crisis into an unsolvable catastrophe like opening up welfare and entitlement programs to illegal immigrants. By the time migrants were done flooding into this country, Central America would just be a dusty ghost town. Please – PLEASE – let’s not hand the reins of this great nation over to these pandering idiots.