Hillary Clinton claims her universal healthcare program will not cover illegal aliens, but the positions of her lead advisor on immigration and recent statements she has made to Spanish-language media outlets indicate otherwise.
The top campaign expert on Hispanic issues for the New York senator running for President has a long history of orchestrating lobbying efforts for taxpayer-funded healthcare, drivers’ licenses and free in-state tuition for illegal aliens, as well as bilingual requirements for state agencies.
Raul Yzaguirre, who was president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza from 1974-2004, is now the co-chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign and chair of her Hispanic outreach team.
Notably, in his long career for the open borders advocacy group, Yzaguirre was called to testify before Mrs. Clinton’s tight-knit 12-member health care task force team in March 1993.
There, Yzaguirre said that universal healthcare “ought to cover the undocumented citizens.”
“We need to understand that health is a public health issue and that disease doesn’t respect nationalities,” he pleaded.
Under the radar of the mainstream U.S. media, the Spanish news agency EFE reported on September 20 that Clinton "alluded to the necessity" of providing emergency treatment to illegal aliens and she supports laws that required medical providers to do so.
The article was titled “Plan médico de Hillary Clinton incluiría a indocumentados” or, in English, “Medical plan of Hillary Clinton would include undocumented people.”
According to the article, Clinton told a reporter “plan de salud no incluye a inmigrantes indocumentados en este momento” in a phone interview. In English that quote literally means: “plan of health does not include undocumented immigrants at the moment.”
At the first-ever presidential Spanish-language debate on September 10, Clinton promised her audience her healthcare plan “will cover everyone.”
“We will make it clear as a rich nation with the values that should be the best in the world and for all make it absolutely positive that everyone will have healthcare,” Clinton said. “We’re going to make it clear that there will be no parent who ever is told no when it comes to getting healthcare for their children.”
The event was hosted by Univision, the largest Spanish language network inside the United States. Candidates were asked questions in Spanish and an English translation was provided through discreet earpieces to the candidates. When the candidates responded, their assigned translators delivered answers in Spanish.
English translations were provided in subtitles and in the subsequent transcripts of the event.
At the debate, held at the University of Miami, Clinton also chastised failed legislative efforts that she said would “criminalize anyone who helped an illegal immigrant, anyone who gave them medial care.”
Last Sunday, Clinton blitzed the Sunday morning talk show circuit to promote the universal healthcare plan she unveiled earlier in the week. When she appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked, “Would illegal immigrants be covered under your plan?”
Clinton told him they “would not be covered, no” but then said she would provide a “safety net” for illegal aliens “for public health reasons.”
“But, we did not cover them in ‘93/’94 and my plan does not cover them now,” she added.
Careful watchers of Clinton’s previous healthcare efforts point out that Clinton also denied her first universal healthcare plan would directly provide care to illegal aliens.
Indirectly, however, her 1993 program would have required employers to pay 80 percent of insurance coverage costs for all employees--illegal and legal workers alike. It also would have dispersed up to $1 billion in federal money to reimburse state governments for funds spent on emergency care for illegal aliens and public health projects.