Hillary Clinton said Monday that illegal immigrants should have access
to Obamacare if they have the funds to purchase it.
“If someone can afford to pay for an insurance policy off the exchanges
that were set up under the Affordable Care Act, I support that,”
Clinton said in an interview on CNN. “If they can afford it, they
should be able to go into the marketplace and buy it.”
She drew the line at subsidizing health care for undocumented immigrants.
“It is not going to apply to people who are in need of subsidies
in order to afford that, because the subsidies question has to be worked
out in comprehensive immigration reform,” Clinton said.
She said that she wants “more options” for illegal immigrants
to “get the health care they need” because it is the “moral
thing to do for them” and it is important for American health.
Clinton was responding to
remarks made by her daughter Chelsea on the campaign trail last week.
“She thinks it’s so important to extend the Affordable Care
Act to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration
status, regardless of citizenship status,” Clinton’s daughter
said in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Clinton has been criticized for her immigration policy, which includes
allowing non-violent illegal immigrants into America,
vowing not to deport illegal children or their family members, and letting illegal
immigrants stay in the country if they survive the dangerous journey to America.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.)
questioned whether the latter stance was “moral” or “compassionate”
in remarks on the Senate floor last week. Cotton also condemned Clinton
for her “opportunist and irresponsible position” on allowing
undocumented children to stay in America, a position that he said she has
shifted in the last year in order to gain votes.
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