Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), released his healthcare plan last night, which includes healthcare coverage for illegal aliens. According to Sen. Sanders’ senior policy campaign adviser, Warren Gunnels, the single-payer healthcare system, “would cover everyone, including aspiring Americans.”
Sen. Sanders’ “Medicare For All” is a universal healthcare plan that would expand Medicare and eliminate the private health insurance industry. Currently the Affordable Care Act excludes illegal aliens from accessing any of the healthcare exchanges or subsidies. Hillary Clinton said she would like to open up the exchanges to illegal aliens but they would not be eligible for any of the subsidies.
"I want to open up the opportunity for immigrants to be able to buy in to the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act," Hillary said during the October 2015 Democratic debate. "I think to go beyond that ... so that they would get the same subsidies, I think that is - it raises so many issues. It would be very difficult to administer, it needs to be part of a comprehensive immigration reform, when we finally do get to it," she said.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said he would take Obamacare even farther by allowing illegal aliens access to the Obamacare exchanges and be eligible for subsides.
During last night’s debate Sen. Sanders defended his healthcare plan saying "I believe healthcare is a right for all people; it will be politically difficult to achieve, but I will maintain that vision and fight for it."
You can read more on this story at Politico.
Updated: Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 10:17am EST