Opinion| Last month, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President under President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, claimed that American taxpayers are responsible for paying the health care for 22 million illegal aliens. Biden stated that U.S. taxpayers owe it to everyone to provide health care, “regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented.”
Fox News reported, “Biden made the remarks while campaigning in Los Angeles, as he fielded questions from the media.
“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 stated responding to the question of whether illegal immigrants “should be entitled to federal benefits like Medicare, Medicaid.”
“By the way, a significant portion of undocumented folks in this country are there because they overstayed their visas,” the Democrat continued. “It’s not people breaking down gates coming across the border, so the biggest thing we’ve got to do on this thing is tone down the rhetoric. We know why it’s happening. It’s to create fear and concern.”
Biden’s remarks were likely to somewhat boost his standing among progressive Democrats, many of whom view his candidacy as a step backward — especially with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren also in the running.The former veep, however, hasn’t yet endorsed Medicare-for-all, a rallying cry of most Democrats running for president in 2020.
During the same campaign stop in California, Biden also accused President Trump of engaging in fear tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border and not delivering solutions.
“The idea that we are just trying to scare the living devil out of the American public — ‘My God, hordes are coming,’ the way [Trump] characterizes it — is just simply wrong,” Biden stated.
The former vice president also stated that he had plans to deal with the long standing problems at our country’s southern border. “Part of his proposal would call for a way to quickly determine whether an immigrant is qualified to enter the U.S.,” Fox reported.
Former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told a California audience that the United States has an obligation to provide healthcare to illegal immigrants, according to The Daily Wire.
Biden, who has a significant lead in the Democratic primary polls, was campaigning in Los Angeles when he got on the topic of healthcare and immigration.
“I think that anyone who is in a situation where they’re in need of healthcare, 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 around the country.”
Biden went on to disregard the idea that illegal immigration is a problem primarily about illegal border crossings, pointing to the number of illegal immigrants that are visa overstays.
“A significant portion of undocumented folks in this country are there because they’ve overstayed their visas,” Biden said. “It’s not people breaking down the gates coming across the border. And so, the biggest thing we’ve gotta do in this is tone down the rhetoric. We know why it’s happening. It’s to create fear and concern.