‘I’m opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., joined the growing list of Democrats eager to provide free healthcare to illegal immigrants.
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Harris explained why she supports the socialist Medicare for All policy, and said it should apply to U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike.
“The bill also says, quote: ‘Every individual who’s a resident of the United States is entitled to benefits for health care services under the Senate,’ not every individual who’s a citizen, but every individual who’s a resident,” CNN host Jake Tapper said.
“So you support giving universal health care and Medicare for all to people who are on this country illegally?” he asked.
Harris responded, “Let me just be very clear about this. I’m opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education, or public health, period.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently the Democratic frontrunner, have also endorsed providing illegal immigrants with free healthcare.
Last week, Biden said U.S. taxpayers have an “obligation” to ensure illegal immigrants have access to reliable health plans.
“I think that anyone who is in a situation where they’re in need of healthcare, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” Biden said during a campaign rally in Los Angeles. “That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”
Illegal immigration is at an all-time high, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which detained 109,144 illegal immigrants along the southern border last month, according to The Washington Post.
Immigration authorities have voiced alarm that the number detained represents only a small fraction of those entering the U.S. illegally.
But Democrats like Harris and Biden have denied that there’s an immigration crisis, downplaying the numbers.
Harris said the best way to provide health insurance to every citizen — legal or illegal — is to adopt Medicare for All while keeping private health insurance companies.