President Trump signed an important executive order on Friday in the administration’s continued efforts to ensure that immigrants are not coming to this country for a free ride on the taxpayers’ dime. The White House has already taken significant steps towards making sure that immigrants are not coming to this country to go on the public dole, and this presidential proclamation will go a step further – making certain that foreign nationals have the means to pay for their own healthcare before they apply for visas.
“While our healthcare system grapples with the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs,” the proclamation reads. “Notably, data shows that lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance. Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.
“The costs associated with this care are passed on to the American people in the form of higher taxes, higher premiums, and higher fees for medical services,” Trump’s message continues. “In total, uncompensated care costs — the overall measure of unreimbursed services that hospitals give their patients — have exceeded $35 billion in each of the last 10 years. These costs amount to approximately $7 million on average for each hospital in the United States, and can drive hospitals into insolvency.”
Bottom line: immigrants who have no employer-based health insurance, no way to pay for their own private coverage, and/or come to this country with serious health issues and no particular way to pay for their treatment? Yeah, they’re not getting in. They aren’t going to permanently settle in the U.S. and force their healthcare cost burdens onto the American taxpayer.
That’s as reasonable, fair, and fiscally responsible a decision as you could ask for from a president.
Naturally, Democrats hate it.
“It seems every day the Trump Administration reaches a new low of cruelty,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “This rule will do nothing to help families struggling with high health care costs as a result of this Administration’s policies.”
“The United States doesn’t even offer guaranteed healthcare for *its own citizens,* yet wants to demand it from people of other national origins,” wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, missing the point as usual. “Hypocrisy, xenophobia, and barbarism all in one policy.”
Wow. It’s barbarism to make sure that immigrants aren’t coming to this country to soak up welfare. How enlightened she is.
Damn, these fools will bankrupt us all if they ever get full control of Washington.