In the second round of the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, all ten of the candidates onstage said their government health care plans would provide coverage for illegal immigrants.
NBC News co-anchor Savannah Guthrie asked the candidates — including frontrunners former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — if they would cover illegal immigrants.
“Raise your hand if your government healthcare plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants,” she said.
Every single candidate raised his or her hand.
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Biden said his health care plan will cover illegal immigrants. “You cannot let people who are sick go uncovered.” Biden insisted that illegal immigrants “in fact contribute to the wellbeing of the country.”
Ironically, he then went on to call for putting the presidents of drug companies in jail “for their misleading advertising.” This is silly. Pharmaceutical ads are painstakingly honest — even going so far as to warn about nausea, vomiting, and death in rare cases of using their new drugs.
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