President Trump has taken another step to protect the hard-pressed US healthcare system and reduce costs for Americans. In a proclamation issued on Friday, he used his executive powers to make sure immigrants won’t be a burden on the system.
Under the new rules, anyone who applies for a US visa will need to show that they can either obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the country or pay for any care they need.
The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants who come lawfully in search of brighter futures. 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.
– President Trump
The proclamation won’t affect anyone who’s already in the US, and it also won’t apply to refugees, asylees or non-citizen children of US citizens. However, there won’t be any other exemptions, even for would-be immigrants with family connections in the US.
This move follows a directive in August that lets US authorities consider an immigrant’s potential use of government benefits when deciding on whether or not to give them permanent status. Under this rule, any immigrant who’s claiming Medicaid, food stamps or other public benefits will find it harder to get permanent residence. This new proclamation is the next step in making sure that those we welcome into the US aren’t here for a free ride at our expense.
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