On Thursday night, the ten Democratic presidential candidates on stage for the second day of debates found at least one issue where they all agree: giving illegal immigrants *free* healthcare.
BuzzFeed News reports, “Every Democratic presidential candidate on stage at the second night of the debate raised their hands when asked if they would extend health care coverage to undocumented immigrants.”
Every Democratic candidate supports free healthcare for illegal immigrants. pic.twitter.com/lZLqKETvd6
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 28, 2019
The support from these presidential candidates, is a departure from current law. The Affordable Care Act does not provide insurance to undocumented immigrants, forcing them to seek care through emergency rooms, which drives up health care costs.
“Our country is healthier when everyone is healthier when everybody is healthier,” South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said. “There are undocumented citizens in my community who pay. They pay sales taxes, they pay property taxes directly or indirectly. This is not about a handout, this is an insurance program.”
“We do ourselves no favor by having 11 million undocumented people in our country be unable to access health care,” he added.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who helped implement Affordable Care Act under the Obama Administration, agreed with Buttigieg’s point.
Millions of Americans struggle to pay their own health care bills.
Now Democrats want us to pay illegal immigrants’?
We can’t afford their extreme agenda!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 28, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump, traveling in Asia for a G20 summit, knocked 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls from afar on Thursday for pledging to cover healthcare for immigrants who live in the United States after coming to the country illegally.
During a televised debate in Miami, a moderator asked the presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris of California and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, if they would support covering healthcare for illegal immigrants if elected president.
All 10 candidates on the stage raised their hands in the affirmative.
President Trump said the decision may have cost Democrats the whole election.
“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!” he tweeted.
All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2019
Based on several users reactions on Twitter, the action undoubtedly alienated middle America and those on the fence about who to support.
It should be noted that the costs of universal healthcare plans for American citizens range in the trillions and have been mostly written off at their enormous price tag. Imagine adding in coverage for illegal immigrants.
Every single Democrat wants to give illegal immigrants healthcare. Who's going to pay for that?
Middle-class Americans, that's who. pic.twitter.com/c4NAAX9JnZ
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) June 28, 2019
Every. Single. Hand.
Every. SINGLE HAND went up when asked if they would give free healthcare to illegals who broke our laws to get into America
They broke our laws and now reward them with free stuff?
Democrats just want to buy votes!
While Vets die on the streets
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 28, 2019
And there it is, the Democrats will pay for healthcare for illegal immigrants.
Let that freakin’ sink in, Americans. Let that SINK IN!
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) June 28, 2019
Free healthcare for illegal migrants
They all supported it
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) June 28, 2019
Free #Healthcare for all illegal aliens! Really? Really??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME😱
— Eric R Elie (@EricRElie) June 28, 2019