During a recent moment on the campaign trail, Joe Biden said that America is obliged to provide healthcare to people who are in the country illegally.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Biden: We Have an ‘Obligation’ to Provide Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the United States is obligated to give health care to everyone, “regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented.”
During a campaign stop in Los Angeles, Calif., Democratic presidential candidate Biden answered questions from reporters, including a question about undocumented immigrants and the right to health care.
“Do you think that undocumented immigrants who are in this country and are law-abiding should be entitled to federal benefits like Medicare, Medicaid for example?” a reporter asked.
“Look, I think that anyone who is in a situation where they are in need of health care, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” Biden said. “That’s why I think we need more clinics in this country.”
Watch the video:
Joe has apparently forgotten that he was part of the administration which passed Obamacare, which already makes huge concessions for illegal immigrants.
Forbes reported in 2016:
Because Of Obamacare, Illegal Immigrants Get Taxpayer-Financed Care
The Wall Street Journal has an in-depth report that in today’s print version is titled “Despite Federal Health Law, Illegal Immigrants Get Care.” The online version makes the same point “Illegal Immigrants Get Public Health Care, Despite Federal Policy.”
I’m obviously not responsible for crafting headlines at that paper, but it seems to me it would have been more accurate to say “Because Of Federal Health Law, Illegal Immigrants Get Care.”
Let me be clear: Obamacare contains an explicit prohibition against providing federally-subsidized coverage to immigrants who cannot prove they are here legally. I am not arguing, nor did Louise Radnofsky demonstrate in her story, that anyone is explicitly violating this prohibition .
But no honest person can deny that because of Obamacare, more taxpayer resources at the state and local level are being spent on health care of illegal immigrants than would have been spent otherwise .
Why should Joe Biden get a second chance to screw up American healthcare?