Bernie Sanders Pushes for Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

The White House late Friday issued a proclamation saying it would deny visas to immigrants who “will financially burden” the U.S. health-care system starting Nov. 3, demanding that foreign nationals prove that they have insurance or are affluent enough to cover their own health-care costs before entering the United States. This Presidential Proclamation declares a suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System. Listing the high cost of healthcare and burdened health care facilities for those persons who currently do not have health insurance or a way of paying their health care expenses. "Healthcare providers and taxpayers bear substantial costs in paying for medical expenses incurred by people who lack health insurance or the ability to pay for their healthcare. Hospitals and other providers often administer care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them. 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. 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. Beyond uncompensated care costs, the uninsured strain Federal and State government budgets through their reliance on publicly funded programs, which ultimately are financed by taxpayers." The President's proclamation immediately drew ire from many Democrats. Bernie Sanders, presidential contender and Senator from Vermont posted on Twitter, "While Trump wants to use health care as a weapon to advance a racist and xenophobic agenda, we are going to guarantee health care to all and we're going to win."

Sanders who is running his campaign on a Universal Medicare for all plan, it is undetermined as to what he meant by his comment regarding racism and xenophobic agenda. Is Sanders advocating the United States pay for health expenses for immigrants to come to the United States just to receive health care at the expense of the American taxpayer?

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