By John McClaughry
One striking thing that emerged from the Democratic presidential debate a week ago was the unanimous agreement that illegal aliens should be able to buy health insurance, subsidies and all, from the Obamacare exchanges.
In her 2016 health-care platform, Hillary Clinton would have allowed undocumented immigrants to buy marketplace plans, but she would have still excluded them from getting the Obamacare income-based subsidies.
Two decades before that, Mrs. Clinton was trying to get a major health insurance program passed for her husband. Back then, she expressed concern that extending benefits to the undocumented could encourage more people to enter the country illegally.
Mrs. Clinton told Congress in 1993 “We do not think the comprehensive health-care benefits should be extended to those who are undocumented workers and illegal aliens. We know now that too many people come in for medical care, as it is. We certainly don’t want them having the same benefits that American citizens are entitled to have.”
In the debate, NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie posed this question: “A lot of you have been talking tonight about these government health care plans that you have proposed in one form or another. Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants.”
All the Democratic candidates — including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — raised their hands in affirmative response.
You could almost hear Donald Trump laughing in the background.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.