The Trump administration has made another definitive move on immigration that is sure to ruffle the feathers of leftists who want a completely lawless system.
The White House issued a proclamation on Friday that will bar migrants pursuing visas from entering the country if they “will financially burden the United States healthcare system.”
To not be considered a burden to an already overburdened healthcare system, migrants will need to obtain medical insurance within 30 days of entering the country or have enough money to pay for “reasonably foreseeable medical costs.”
“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 states.
This new rule will take effect on November 3. It will not affect people who already hold valid visas or people seeking asylum. Children of U.S. citizens seeking to enter the country will also not be affected.
People affected by the new rule will need to prove they meet specific requirements to a consular officer. Specific procedures for these requirements will be written by the secretary of state.
There will be broad rules for what kind of health insurance new visa-seekers will be required to get. It can be through an employer or bought as an individual. It can also be short-term coverage or even just catastrophic insurance.
This is yet another move by the Trump administration to make sure those seeking to immigrate into the country are more self-reliant so that United States citizens are not as burdened as they have been for decades.
“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. 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,” states the new proclamation signed by President Trump.
“In total, uncompensated care costs — the overall measure of unreimbursed services that hospitals give their patients — have exceeded $35 billion in each of the last 10 years. These costs amount to approximately $7 million on average for each hospital in the United States, and can drive hospitals into insolvency. 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 proclamation continues.
This new move follows the Trump administration announcing sweeping changes to the requirements people need to meet in order to enter the country. People who will need to be living on government assistance will soon find it much harder to get visas and to get citizenship. The Trump administration has also been working to lower the number of refugees who enter the country, as well as giving states more power in deciding to accept or deny refugees.
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