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Under Trump, Immigrants Must Now Get Health Insurance

A sweeping new proclamation makes all the sense in the world — yet Democrats are already pushing back hard.

The White House on Friday night announced a proclamation [1] that will require immigrants to show they can get health insurance before they obtain a visa.

The measure goes into effect on November 3.

Under the proclamation, within 30 days of entering the United States, immigrants will need to get health insurance — or show they have enough money to cover their medical costs before getting a visa that could lead to a green card.

The new move comes as part of Trump’s tough-on-immigration stance from the very start of his presidency.

Nearly all Democratic candidates for the White House in 2020 [2] have said they believe our nation should allow people living in the U.S. illegally to have their health care coverage fully paid for by the government.

Related: Illegal Immigrants Try and Fail to Scale the Border Wall [3]

Most countries with universal health care systems do not have this provision.

An estimated 11 million people are living here illegally, the government has said (many people believe the actual number is far higher than that).

And of those 11 million — roughly 6 million are believed to be uninsured.

Only a few states currently allow illegal immigrants to be enrolled in publicly funded health care coverage plans.

The White House decision would target those who seek to come here legally.

The federal government “indirectly pays for the medical care of the uninsured by covering the cost of care hospitals lose when they take in patients who can’t pay for their services,” noted the Washington Examiner. [4]

“People who are uninsured tend to seek care at emergency departments when they get sick, and hospitals are obligated to treat them,” it added.

“Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs,” the White House proclamation noted — adding that the United States spent $35 billion on uncompensated care during the last decade.

Research by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has found, as Breitbart [5] pointed out, “that immigrant households, currently, are 44 percent more likely to be on Medicaid than households headed by native-born Americans. While about 23 percent of native-born American households are on Medicaid, about 50 percent of immigrant households consume Medicaid.”

“Immigrant households each consume about $4,072 every year in Medicaid costs that American taxpayers are forced to pay. Native-born American households consume roughly half of that amount every year in Medicaid costs.”

In other words — this president is protecting U.S. taxpayers with this new move.

Even so, see how some of the mainstream media are framing the White House decision in the tweets below — and see other tweets as well (including from Democratic candidates for the White House in 2020).

And share your thoughts.