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. Stop Immigration

    The WHITE RACE is now a minority of their own doing!

    California has more illegal brown faces from over the boarder than ticks on a dog.
    Looks more like Tijuana every day.

    Hillary's Collective Social Care will open the illegal immigrant door wider with more illegals pouring in like water through a broken levee.

    Illegal's should NOT receive free Health Care Benefits.

    September 18, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. John, Newport News

    Cover all the illegals, as long as they provide a local address for statements and their status. Then, after all 12-20 million sign up, we'll have their addresses so we can round them up and send them home.

    September 18, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Stan Koppelman, Warren, RI

    How was the $110 billion annual cost estimate of her program arrived at? Did it include the cost of illegal aliens who make up a significant part of the currently uninsured people in the U.S.?

    September 18, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. ReadBtwthlins

    Why can't Hillary give the details of her own plan? What.., is she STUPID??

    September 18, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. David Anderson, Chicago, Illinois

    Illegals get free health care already. Federal law mandates that people with emergencies cannot be turned away. Additionally, hospitals, scared of lawsuits, almost never turn away illegals, so this is sort of a moot question. Just be ready to see more of your hard earned pay going to help people who aren't even here legally while you struggle to make your mortgage payments. Is this is a great country or what?

    September 18, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Mr. Doitmyselfer, Anaheim, CA

    If eveyone would mow their own yards, gather the family together and spend 45 minutes each helping to clean their own homes once a week, wash their own cars every few weeks in stead of the weekly jaunt to the $15 car wash, cooking and eating at home together as a family instead of going out and consuming fattening fast food; perhaps we would not have this overwhelming illegal immigrant problem. We also would not be an OBESE SOCIETY with health problems requiring such talk as Universal Health Care. I'd like to know where it says that we are entitled to healthcare? Nothing worse than seeing obese people buying chips, sodas, cookies and ice cream at the store or waddling into a restaurant and barely fitting into a booth and ordering a double cheeseburger, large fries and an extra large milkshake.

    We've created this beast.

    September 18, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. J Swisher, West Chester, Pa.

    How come whenever Hillary opens her mouth, I already know what she is going to say...

    Hillary will give education benefits to illegals but not to the American military and his/her family. It seems like the Democrat Party is stuck in the 1930's. There are no new ideas – they just keep wanting to give away everything and let me pay for it.

    September 18, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Greg, Phoenix Arizona

    The Clinton campaign will not address anything regarding illegal immigrants because they know that if she caters to them she will loose votes. If she's elected then she will boldly stand and support anything that pertains to illegal immigrants.

    September 18, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. John, LA. CA

    Remember when Hillary was first lady? Do you remember how she tried to make a better health care system? FMO's, HMO's. Do you remember how fun the health care system was then? Go ahead and Vote for Hillary.

    September 18, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. ralph raleigh nc

    To solve illegals, and help many Americans (which is the purpose of the government paycheck- unlike the liberals' desires!) I suggest we start to say that any illegal caught here, shall be immediately tested for diseases, and blood typed and put into the organ donor pool- so many americans need livers thanks to tylenol, kidneys thanks to aleve- lungs thanks to cigarettes.... Then only those willing to be live organ donors will try to invade us anymore. Make LEGAL immigration a lot more streamlined so the LEGAL immigrants will not feel desparate enough to want to be organ donors. Deny coverage to democrats- as they are the welfare rolls anyway, and that will pay for itself then also.

    September 18, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. JD, Washington D.C.

    YOU COULD CUT THE uninsured population in HALF by doing nothing more than enforcing immigration laws. Deport all 20 million, and the problem is halfway solved.

    Offering "free" health care to anyone who can successfully evade our border patrol will GUARANTEE the program collapses.

    September 18, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. The truth, Southlake Texas USA (or Mexico soon)

    I live in Texas. Illegals already have free health care in the Dallas area through Parkland and John Peter Smith. Only the American citizens have to pay. You think I am joking? Check it out. Illegals in Texas get free health care paid for by property taxes by the county. Illegals do not need a health care plan because they already have it.

    September 18, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Los Angeles

    I believe she already plans to give our already too expensive health care to illegal immigrants because she doesn't want to offend the hispanic community. The hispanic community calls everyone racists if they are not willing to take care all illegals who from Mexico and South America. La Raza (the race) have the American people running scarce because they constantly, but wrongly, use the card during any discussion.

    September 18, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Think the senior policy advisor really meant to say that that is an issue we are going to wait until after the election to discuss?

    So convenient how the Democrats are avoiding any issues that could possibly alienate any segment of the voting population.

    How could we possibly trust such candidates to run our country?

    September 18, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Wow, 111 comments and 95 percent are hammering the Queen on this.

    Why isn't the media taking her to task, considering she has had 13-15 years to come up with her plan and she didn't account for ILLEGALS?

    Any other candidate would be done, period.

    September 18, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Of course illegals will be covered. They already are. Have you been to an emergency room lately ?

    September 18, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. fl jones, san diego, ca

    the clintons had a 8 yr failed policy with regard to terrorism and national security. the terrorists attacked 4 times, killing innocent Americans during their 8 yrs and they did NOTHING about it except for embolding the terrorist and it resulted in 9-11.
    They had a failed health care plan and they had 8 LONG YEARS to fix it but, no, they gave up and went on to disgrace the White House. Now they want another 8 yrs? To do what? Come on people...dont let these two cheating liars anywhere near the White House ever again!

    September 18, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. mike Toledo, ohio

    HillaryCare Part II........everbody MUST have health insurance! Every driver MUST have auto insurance, however, how many drivers are uninsured? Way to go Hill.........

    September 18, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Terry Moon, Fremont CA

    Leaving out illegals is the only part of her plan I actually agree with. Too bad we arent leaving them out now, one less reason to come here illegally!

    September 18, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. flo jones, san diego, ca

    Does anybody out there remember the health card that bill clinton waved in the air and promised us we'd all have? He had 8 yrs to get me a card. They failed. Now they want another 8 years. That's 16 years they want to work on something they know will never happen. Meanwhile, he will be free to spend another 8 yrs disgracing the White House and America. Don't be fools...don't vote for these liars!

    September 18, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. RCD, Philomath, OR

    If it is a system intended for US citizens why would the question of not covering illegals even come up?

    September 18, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Denise Carter, Detroit MI

    Doesn't matter how this plan is framed initially. Sooner or later the courts will rule that the benefits will have to be extended to undocumented immigrants. (Witness the N.J. town that decided to rescind its ordinance barring renting to undocumented persons because the legal fees of defending this would have been too high.) While "universal" health care might not be literally true, "hemispheric" health care will be.

    The best the public can hope for is that the costs of paying for health care for undocumented persons is including in calculating the total cost for this program. This will ultimately be mandated by the courts, trust me, so we might as well realistically confront the costs.

    September 18, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Don Jones Midland, Texas

    Illegal immigrants already have free health care at public hospitals. They receive treatment in emergency rooms for everything from giving birth to having colds to being treated for gun shot wounds. Why would they ever consider paying a premium for health insurance when they receive free health care services? When politicians quote the number of 43 million uninsured is being disingenuous. The real question is, "Will illegal immigrants be issued
    prescription cards?"

    September 18, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Rune Stavanger Norway

    If your country didn`t use so much money on war they might afford to pay for every bodys health something that should be a first priority of any country...

    September 18, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Sam

    Of course illegals will be covered. The name of the game is control the money. More spending means more diverted into the pockets of Ye Friends.

    Hillary is a well known corruptionist and influence peddler from way back, in the game solely for her own personal benefit.

    September 18, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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