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John Delaney: "Non-Citizens Are Not Covered By My 'Better Care' Plan, But…"

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | July 8, 2019 | 1:28 PM EDT

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Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, former Maryland congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney said non-citizens would not be covered by his “Better Care,” healthcare plan – but, under his immigration plan, they would have legal status “which would allow them to then be covered.”

“My plan, which is called Better Care, is a universal health care plan,” Delaney said. “Every single American gets health care as a basic right of citizenship, for free. But, I preserve options. If people want to opt out and keep their private insurance, they can. If they want to buy supplemental plans, they can. It's a much better way to create a universal health care system.”

When Host Margaret Brennan asked about “non-citizens,” Delaney said that, by combining his health care and immigration plans, they would, ultimately, be covered:

“Non-citizens are not covered by my Better Care plan. But, under my immigration reform, they will have legal status while they wait on a path to citizenship, which would allow them to then be covered. So, if you take immigration and health care together, you kind of see how we can start solving these problems.”

Delaney criticized other candidates who proposed Medicare-for-All plans and eliminating private insurance:

“Yeah, I think they're wrong. I mean, look at so many of the candidates, Senator Warren, so many of these people, have outsourced their health care plan to Bernie Sanders. Right? Because, this is Bernie Sanders' plan. And, it will take private insurance away from more than half of the country and they will reject that if we run on that. It will also reduce quality and access in our health care system, because Medicare doesn't reimburse sufficiently to keep all the hospitals and providers.”

Brennan interjected: “You were booed on the debate stage when you raised this, though, so—"

“I understand that,” Delaney said.

“So, it does seem popular at least with people who vote in primaries,” Brennan said.

Medicare-for-All may make a great slogan, but the American people are beginning to see its flaws, Delaney responded:

“But here's the thing. Medicare-for-All is a great slogan. They’ve hijacked the good name of Medicare and applied it to a law that will cause upheaval in our health care system and I was the first person to actually talk about this. Now, we're seeing the debate change on this issue as people start to realize.

“My plan, which is called Better Care, is a universal health care plan. Every single American gets health care as a basic right of citizenship for free. But I preserve options. If people want to opt out and keep their private insurance, they can. If they want to buy supplemental plans, they can. It's a much better way to create a universal health care system.”

 

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