Trump Says No to Migrants Who Will ‘Burden’ US Health Care System, Suspends Entry

Trump Says No to Migrants Who Will ‘Burden’ US Health Care System, Suspends Entry


Cue the outrage. In a proclamation issued Friday, President
Donald Trump’s White House announced it would suspend entry into the country for migrants
who “will financially burden the United States healthcare system” and are seeking
a visa, according to The Hill. “Healthcare providers and taxpayers bear
substantial costs in paying for medical expenses incurred by people who lack health insurance
or the ability to pay for their healthcare,” the proclamation read. “Hospitals and other providers often administer
care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them. The costs
associated with this care are passed on to the American people in the form of higher
taxes, higher premiums, and higher fees for medical services.” The numbers from the White House were rather
daunting. Hospitals have accumulated uncompensated care costs of over $35 billion each year during
the past decade — “approximately $7 million on average for each hospital in the United
States,” as the proclamation pointed out. “Beyond uncompensated care costs, the uninsured
strain Federal and State government budgets through their reliance on publicly funded
programs, which ultimately are financed by taxpayers,” the document noted. “The United States has a long history of
welcoming immigrants who come lawfully in search of brighter futures,” it said. “We must continue that tradition while also
addressing the challenges facing our healthcare system, including protecting both it and the
American taxpayer from the burdens of uncompensated care,” the proclamation added. “Continuing to allow entry into the United
States of certain immigrants who lack health insurance or the demonstrated ability to pay
for their healthcare would be detrimental to these interests.” The change will take effect on Nov. 3. It
won’t affect refugees or immigrants granted asylum. This isn’t the first move Trump has made
to cut down on immigration by individuals who could potentially be a financial burden
on taxpayers. Over the summer, the administration announced
it was changing the “public charge” regulation to make it more difficult for migrants to
obtain either a green card or temporary visa if they had used public assistance. That regulation is still working its way through
the courts. Needless to say, the newest regulation inspired
plenty of outrage. “The Trump administration today launched
two more shameless attacks on low-income people and immigrants, by proposing dramatic cuts
to life-saving food stamps and seeking to prevent immigrants lacking access to health
insurance — of which the administration works constantly to deprive them — from
entering the country on immigrant visas,” Javier Valdés, co-director of the pro-immigrant
group Make the Road New York, said in a statement, according to CBS News. This is arrant nonsense. The United States
isn’t obligated to allow anyone in — although we are a nation of immigrants and can benefit
from immigration. As with everything, the question is how we
balance benefits with costs. If a migrant poses a high risk of leaving our health care
system with uncompensated care costs, the United States has a good case to deny them
a visa. “While our healthcare system grapples with
the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the
problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay
for their healthcare costs,” the proclamation said. “Notably, data show that lawful immigrants
are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance.
Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and
subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.” That’s a commonsense change conservatives
and a lot of independents will get behind — regardless of the outrage.

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