Buttigieg promises health care to illegal immigrants if elected president

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 17th, 2020 1:50 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday promised to provide taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants if he is elected president.

During an informal press conference with Planned Parenthood in Nevada on Sunday, the former South Bend mayor said that the one fault of ObamaCare was its unavailability to illegal immigrants.

"As you know, the Affordable Care Act, one of the many missing pieces that it has is that the exchanges are not available to the undocumented," Buttigieg said. "I would change that, and that would be a change that would come with the ‘Medicare-for-All-Who-Want-It' plan that I am proposing."

After a DACA recipient asked Buttigieg how he would fix access to health care for those that were undocumented he affirmed the recipient's inclusion in America.

"So, first of all, this should go without saying but it's important to say out loud that I regard you and all DACA recipients as American as I am or anybody else is in this room," he said.

During a one-on-one conversation back in December, Buttigieg also told a voter in Spanish that "the most important thing for me is that we offer the opportunity for health care to all in our country... regardless of their immigration status."


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