Democratic 2020 hopeful says non-citizens should receive federal-funded medicare
Democratic 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris has backed recent calls to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants in the United States.
On Sunday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she believes that illegal aliens should be entitled to free medical care under the progressive socialist vision of Medicare-for-all.
The California senator made the statement during an interview with host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
When asked by Tapper if she supports the language of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill, Harris said that healthcare should be given to every person that resides in the US, whether they are here legally or not.
“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,” Tapper explained.
“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.”
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In addition to Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden — who is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination — last week endorsed providing illegal immigrants with free health care.
Earlier in her interview with Tapper, Harris sought to clarify her position on eliminating private health insurance companies.
During the interview, Tapper noted that the bill would eliminate private health insurance companies.
While she maintains support for Sanders’ bill, Harris confirmed that she does not support eliminating private health insurance companies.
Rather, Harris said she supports getting “rid of all the bureaucracy.”