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. Paul

    Liberals believe that being an illegal immigrant in this country is a human right and denying anyone healthcare is a violation of those rights. You darn well know that you will be paying for the healthcare of millions of illegals with millions more on the way.

    September 17, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. libertarian

    of course she didn't say if illegals were included, it let's her be ambiguous enough to get the hispanic vote, then later go the other way on the issue when public opinion show americans don't want to pay for illegals medical expenses.

    and they shouldn't be included, they aren't citizens, we shouldn't have to take care of them, let their own country do that.

    September 17, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. Ruth D. Schenectady, NY

    Sounds like Danny G from Boca Raton is a shill for the Dems.
    Hilary doesnt mention the Illegals because she would give them all citizenship, then insure them.
    I for one do not want the Government handling my Health Care. It will not be free and it will not be good.

    September 17, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. Greg San Diego Ca

    Now the Democratic party will have to add the undocumented immigrants to the plan so they can get that vote.

    Now the plan will go from 110 billion to around 160 Billion and will cost tax payers around $500 additional each month.

    That 40% we pay now will increase to 60-65% of your pay check to pay for the health care that we get now at no extra.

    Any undocumented immigrants or anyoine without health care now can go to any Emergency Room and get FREE HEALTH CARE.

    The only difference is that now I know my doctors name and the PERSON WHO DOES NOT KNOW HIS Doctors name in the Emergency Room. So for the tax payer will now pay so the person with no health care will know his doctors name.

    That will cost tax payers $500 a month extra in taxes so they will know their doctors names.

    Thats the only change hillary care will provide along with tax pays now paying 60% of our pay checks.


    September 17, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. drm, gilbert, az

    There is no choice in Hillary's "Choice" healthcare plan. Hillary has voted no in the Senate to the following: 1) tax deductability of health insurance for self employeed, 2) allowing pilot Health Savings Account programs, 3) allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines, 4) insurance litigation reform... She has repeatedly voted no for a variety of health care reforms and now she comes up with her own plan??

    September 17, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. JonKen, Long Beach CA

    Let's see...recent articles identified 37 million "poor people" and she proposes to cover 47 million that do not have health insurance, right? Do those 47mil have access to MedicAid/Medical? Then they DO have insurance or not? And who are those extra 10mil people and are they now saying that NO ILLEGALS are included in the 47mil????

    September 17, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. Traveler

    Well, guess what? We aren't covered in other countries, either. What do you suppose happens when an American needs health care in a foreign country? We get sent home.
    A U.K. citizen has coverage in other European countries, but not Americans...we must provide our own medical coverage if we travel, much less illegally reside elsewhere.

    September 17, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. Chris, Los Angeles

    I'm a Democrat and I like the fact that Hillary once again has tackled health care. However, I do not believe her plan should include coverage for illegal immigrants, and will withdraw my support for it if it does. We should take care of our own people and do nothing to encourage even more illegal migrants to come this way.

    September 17, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Kris, Glendora, CA

    Her non-answer is entirely clear. She plans to cover everyone but, as always, she has to play to different crowds so she can't say anything definitive. If her audience is liberal, then it will cover illegals; if it is conservative then it will not.

    September 17, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. A. Traveler Los Angeles CA

    Well, guess what happens to Americans who travel or live illegally elsewhere? Do we get free healthcare?
    If that's true, then I'll leave.
    Can't afford medical insurance here....

    September 17, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. John Luma, Moorpark, CA

    The fact that Hillary or her handlers cannot give a straightforward answer to this question, ie, that she does not represent foreigners and only represents citizens, and that "of course there will be no medical coverage of illegals," is all the answer we need to hear about her typical politician's dance on this issue.

    If foreigners are included in this plan, it is one more example that America has lost its way. It begs one of the key questions of representative government today: Whatever happened sworn duty to putting the rights of citizens ahead of the demands of non-citizens?

    Politicians who operate from fear, not courage, deserve to lose. They betray the best interests of the people.

    John Luma

    September 17, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. CMS, CA

    "Havent thought through all the details?" If the collapse of California's ER system isnt a bell weather for covering illegal immigrants, I dont know what is. Socialized medicine is a long term trap that we can not afford. The Europeans are dealing with a double edged sword with their socialized medicine and now have to bring in more and more immigrants typically from Muslim nations. This has resulted in the French Muslim riots and public attacks and demands for Sharia law in Britain. Think twice about socialized medicine...why do you want to be responsible for someone else's lack of responsibility for their health? Over 25% of Americans are obese!

    September 17, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Andy Crusen Illinois

    Her people will figure something out. She wil run on universal heathcare because offering something free to the masses is an excellent campaign strategy. It won't happen, but she may get to be President for trying; which is all any politician wants anyway.

    September 17, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Philip, San Diego, CA

    Illegals already have free health care. Drop by any emergency room in your local general hospital and you will likely see a lobby full of Mexicans. It almost cost my 18 month old son his life when on Oct 6, 2005 he was diagnosed as being in extreme DKU or Diabetic Keto-Acidosis, when I thought he was having an asthma attack. His pediatrician called Children's Hospital in San Diego only to find the emergency room was full. Full of Mexicans I was to find out when I drove him myself to the hospital. Fortunately my son survived, but I felt upset that the resources available for my son were almost denied due to the immigration situation we have here. Hopefully Sen Clinton's plan will address this issue.

    September 17, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. DJH, Buda, TX

    There are absolutely no circumstances under which the American taxpayer should be forced to CONTINUE to pay for healthcare for illegal immigrants. Every single legitimate study done has shown that the costs of illegal immigrants to the taxpayer are far outweigh the 'benefits', but if she thinks it'll get her elected you'd better believe she'll give it to them.

    I don't disagree that Clinton is intelligent, but I think calculating would be a far more descriptive term. As far as her healthcare plan... well, $110B doesn't just come from the couch cushions. This sounds eerily similar to her first attempt at socialized medicine. All sorts of benefits and no way to pay for it.
    Something needs to be done about the state of healthcare in this country for sure, especially for children, but socialized medicine isn't the utopia that it's advocates would have you believe. Michael Moores NOT SO revealing look tells a very lop-sided story with a whole lot of meat missing.

    September 17, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Secure Our Borders, LA, OK

    There is NO plan to cover illegal aliens. That is because under a President Hillary and Democratic Controlled Congress there will be NO more illegal aliens.

    Her solution is called AMNESTY.

    September 17, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Tallulah, Austin TX

    "We have not dealt with every single issue of this plan" – that disclaimer should be added to every word that comes from her mouth throughout the campaign season... she is such a bag of hot air.

    Please, please, please use your thinker before voting... and please vote for a person and not a political party. The parties suck wind and spew it back as crap. They are what is ruining this country.

    September 18, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Brian, Belcamp MD


    September 18, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. pk Des Moines Iowa

    If she becomes president, she will attempt to legalize every single illegal immigrant. In a time of fiscal crisis this is just what we need, 12 million more people on the public dole.

    September 18, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  20. MD Patrck Las Vegas, Nevada

    With this Health care plan, we the Tax payers want the details, Im not willing to pay for anything to do with Illegal Immigrants, nothing! Coprende!

    September 18, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. JWilly, Burton, MI

    I'm amazed that Republicans don't see how their own version of national health care would be a pro-American-corporations policy. I'm mildly surprised that Hillary's team isn't promoting her plan as a way to save American jobs.

    September 18, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  22. Gary , Dallas Texas

    Let me get this straight. Mrs Bill Clinton makes 100 plus billion dollar A YEAR proposal and hasn't "dealt with every single detail with this plan"?

    This woman's stupider than I thought!

    I'm not sure why the left is so obsessed with destroying the best health care system in the world, but there it is. This plan will end up costing ten times as much as stated, and will raise taxes to an unbearable level. Then you'll see rationing of services like in every other country that has socialized medicine.

    There's a reason why folks who live in Canada, England, France, and other counties travel to America for serious health concerns.

    September 18, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  23. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    Why on Earth would we legitimize someone's illegal presence with benefits such as healthcare? The only benefit an ILLLEGAL alien should have is a free trip home. Lawbreakers do not deserve the same rights as those who do obey the law.

    September 18, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  24. H. Schwab, Cincinnati, Ohio

    What about Billery's favorite constituents, the lawyers? When will these scumbags be removed from the health care dole????

    September 18, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  25. Josh from CA

    She won't share her real agenda until it is carefully calculated by her and all of her partner's in crime. If she voiced her true views on the matter, we might notice that she is an anti-US Citizen, Pro-Socialist, threat to our country, value's, and way of life. She wants to sell our birthright for votes!

    September 18, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
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