September 17th, 2007
05:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton has no answers for undocumented immigrants

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - At a press briefing after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's health care rollout Monday, senior policy advisers said the New York senator's plan does not currently include any details on whether illegal immigrants will be covered.

Senior policy adviser Laurie Rubiner–while acknowledging that undocumented immigrants are a "huge issue" in this country–said, "That's one we're going to have to think through a little bit."

"We have not dealt with every single detail with this plan," Rubiner continued.

When asked if it would be safe to assume that the Democratic frontrunner, at this point, has no position on coverage for illegal immigrants advisers answered "yes" and said the plan does not "at this point" deal with that issue.

Related: Clinton unveils mandatory health care insurance plan

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Healthcare • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Illegal immigrant coverage is a legit question if Hill's plan had any hope of success. I don't mind this brand of socialism, but I would exclude illegals. Moot issue, however, 'cause universal health care ain't gonna happen.

    September 17, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. therealist

    The answer is the same as to all her other glorious programs and can be summed up in one word.


    September 17, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. looneytune

    Like Obama, Hillary looks better when she keeps her mouth shut.

    September 17, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Henry Tucker, Ga

    12+ million illegal immigrants but Hillary, the supposed democrat, doesn't have an answer??

    Sounds like she has the same idea on Iraq, homeland security, the economy, etc.... she hasn't thought about it.

    About the only thing she HAS thought about is getting campaign contributions and buying endorsements.

    Go Hillary – Republicans can hardly wait!

    September 17, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    I believe they could have answered the question better, the fact is that first things first, I'm still reviewing her porposal, I believe it is well thought out and it does provide a viable solution with fiscal responsibility. I believe that Illegal immigrants should have access to compassionate care, however not the kind of care that requires hospital access without proper pay. we cannot be that harsh to human beings... so I agree with the notion that first we have to deal with this very important program and if successful we can tackle the next... I believe her strategy is solid, however it was not expressed in the best way possible as to aviod the critics that only look for opportunities to attack. I would urge everyone to go to her web-site and download the summary of her plan... she is a very intelligent person and it is worth reading.

    September 17, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    Illegals can receive compassionate care...BACK IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY

    I'm not paying one cent of my taxes to provide routine care for someone who is here illegally and isn't even a taxpayer. And besides, if an illegal goes to the emergency room and requires urgent care they can not be turned away (that is compassionate isn't it).

    Every one who wants to include illegals in a government run health care plan can fund it with their tax dollars...not me

    September 17, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. pa Eugene OR

    That is a pretty big hole in her plan to have not given illegal immigrants any thought.
    I did read her entire plan and found it to be very simular to those that were laid out long ago. I do not belive HRC can come up with anything original. She just waited to see how the others played out then echoed it.
    Anyone but Billary 08

    September 17, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    At least CNN had the courage to hid this detail on the Ticker...if it was a Republican, it would have been home page news.

    September 17, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. MF Stafford, Va.

    Hillary can't wait to give the USA a deep prostate exam with this piece of poop program she dreamed up. Please God, do something!! Make it go away.

    September 17, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Glenn

    No answer for 12M+ people in this country??? What kind of leader is that?

    September 17, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. mike selman, lakeside, ca

    Her answer is very obvious!

    With her as President, there won't be any illegal immigrants! She will make them all legal and therefore entitled to and compete with all of the Americans who have worked all of there lives supporting this country.

    September 17, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Gerg, San Jose CA.

    110 Billion for the plan and they have not even thought about the illegals that are already draining our resources. I am sure they would be added in later so that when they vote illegally they vote for Hillary

    September 17, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Trevor Ham, Raleigh, NC

    It is ridiculous to even consider providing ILLEGAL aliens with US citizen taxpayer-funded health care, or any social other citizen-funded social services. Where are peoples brains these days? If people who want to provied ILLEGALS with social service also want to pay for them out of their own pockets rather than mine, have at it!

    September 17, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Brenda S, Plant City, FL

    If illegals can afford to send billions of dollars a year back to their home countries......Why in the heck can't they pay for their own healthcare/doctor bills? Instead of robbing Peter (US Tax payers) to pay Paul (i.e. Mexico) why do we have to offer any kind of "Free" care? So they can how MORE BABIES?

    September 17, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. David, St. Louis, MO

    My wife and I both have paid into Medicare for over 30 years. Now we are paying higher and higher premiums every year and it looks like Medicare will be broke in 11 years unless the Democrats can find more suckers to pay higher taxes for it. I don't want another pie in the sky socialist program like it. Let EVERYONE pay for their own private health insurance. We've been robbed enough by the Democrats.

    September 17, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. BB, Louisville KY

    I haven't read the plan, but I'd like to comment on providing healthcare to non-citizens. I have a compassionate side that says all people should have access to medical care, and I have a side that is more fiscally sense – they must pay for the healthcare.

    Let's get down to the real issue – why don't we just make all the illegals legal, and end the argument for once and all. Then they need to pay like everyone else. There goes your blackmarket for labor and here comes another 4-12 million folks into the tax base.

    September 17, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Cheyenne Hanes, Charlotte, NC

    Same old, same old. Hillary avoids the tough decisions. Just like her husband. The knockout punch comes only after election. Remember Bill's tax cut for the middle class that became a tax increase after election?

    September 17, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Erik, Irvine CA

    I'm getting a little sick of Hillary's press secretaries speaking for her all the time. She's the only leading candidate I know of who gives speeches but rarely offers a spontaneous remark on pretty much anything (except Petraeus' credibility).

    September 17, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Grits, Huntsville AL

    Hillary cannot answer questions without instructions from her puppeteers. I wish people would not be so cruel to the silly air-head bimbo.

    September 17, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. A. Rosario

    How can you claim your proposal is well thought-out when you haven't factored in the 18-20 million (no it's not 12) Illegals that are living amongst us, making hundreds of thousands of anchor babies yearly...

    September 17, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Philip, Iowa City Iowa

    Just another thing the government is forcing people to do. Mandatory health coverage? Why should it be mandatory? Democrats telling people what to do do because they know better. Incentives is one thing–but whenever the governnment mandates something it's just more intrusion and bigger government.

    I guess if it was mandatory and exclusive to legal citizens and legal aliens, we could get a big list of everybody who doesn't have one (illegals) and ship them out. Of course, enforcing the law on criminals wouldn't be compassionate enough for Hillary.

    September 17, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. John Los Angeles, CA

    Illegals shoud be getting healthcare coverage why?? They are already overburdening the welfare system and all social services. When is America gonna wake up and realize we are being overrun by racist lobbying organizations, selling out the American people, and trivializing all those that have gone about the process of immigration legally? ANSWER THAT HILLARY!

    September 17, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. Joe, New Orleans, LA

    Question: What is an "undocumented immigrant" anyway?

    Ooooh... that's CCN speak for an illegal alien. I get it.

    September 17, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. bprossersme

    Of course they will be covered, and guess who pays their insurance premiums – YOU!!!!!

    September 17, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. flo jones, san diego, ca

    We will ALL need health care to recover from another 9-11 if hillary and her 'soft on national security' policy is ever brought back to the White House.
    Mr. Clinton and his wife who claims her 8 yrs in the White House qualifies her to be president. They did nothing after the Kobar Towers attack, they did nothing after the lst WTC attack, they did nothing after the attacks on the US embassies and they did nothing after the bombing of the USS Cole. They emboldened the terrorists which led to 9-11. And now they want 8 more years?

    September 17, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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