DNC Chair Tom Perez Believes Healthcare for Illegals Is Not A Handout, It’s Morality.
This past weekend Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez spoke to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Wallace asked Perez about the moment when the debate candidates all raised their hands when asked if their government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants.
Chris Wallace: “Every person on that stage, all ten of them, said that they would provide health insurance coverage for people in this country illegally either under Obamacare or Medicare for all, whichever they supported. No talk about preconditions, you’ve got to be working in this country, no talk about you’ve got to be paying in taxes. The basic point was, you’re in this country legally or illegally, you get health insurance coverage.”
Tom Perez: “And it’s an insurance program, so you have to pay into it. And as you know, immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, pay billions of dollars in taxes and… and that’s the reality. And what… what Democrats also said, Chris, which is far different from Republicans, is that if you have a pre-existing condition, you should be able to keep your coverage. Democrats believe that health care should be available. Affordable, quality health care should be available to everyone. And thanks to Obama, and thanks to LBJ, Medicare and Medicaid, we’re 90 percent of the way there.”
Chris Wallace: “OK, but let’s…”
Tom Perez: “We’re having a discussion about how to get the final 10 percent.”
Chris Wallace: “OK, but where… but what we’re talking about is whether or not people in the country illegally should get government benefits. Remember what President Obama told Congress back in 2009. Here it is.“
Chris Wallace: “Now, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson was called out, and quite rightly so, for shouting out in a speech to a joint session of Congress “you lie.” But the fact is, ten years later, Joe Wilson is right about where the Democrats are now.”
Tom Perez: “Democrats believe that you should be able to buy into a health insurance system. It’s not a handout. And I… I believe…”
Chris Wallace: “But Barack Obama didn’t say that and… “
Tom Perez: “We’re in a different era. I believe that what we’re doing right now is the right thing to do. I live in a community…”
Chris Wallace: “Why… why is it a different era from 2009?”
Tom Perez: “I live in a community right now where if you are a pregnant woman and you are undocumented, we provide you with access to health care because we believe that having good prenatal care is an essential health care issue, it’s an essential issue of economics and, frankly, it’s an essential issue of morality. The party of Lincoln is dead. And one of the things that died with it is compassion. And this is not a handout, Chris. Again, this is allowing people to buy into an insurance program. People who pay billions of dollars in taxes. And, again, I think that is often overlooked.”
Last Friday, the New York Post used a cover photo of the Democratic candidates all raising their hands in support of free health care for illegal immigrants with the bold headline, “Who wants to lose the election?”
This mantra that Democrats running for president are using will cause them to lose the election. And as the Democrats continue to discuss more about social programs for illegals we can’t be surprised when our southern borders are flooded even more. The Dems are motivating them to come here because they are promising to provide them with everything.
Do you agree with Tom Perez’s comment that we are living in a different era? How do you feel about providing free healthcare to all illegal aliens residing in the United States?