White House to deny immigrants who cannot afford health care


CITIZENS, THE RULE ASSESSED TO GO INTO EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 3RD. ERIC: JEFF MASON, WHITE HOUSE REPORTER FROM REUTERS, GOOD TO SEE YOU. OBVIOUSLY THIS RULE IS AIMED AT TRYING TO GET PEOPLE OUT BY EXCLUDING THOSE WHO CAN’T PAY FOR HEALTHCARE.>>HE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS COOL, TALKING ABOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION, PEOPLE APPLYING FOR VISAS, TO GET A GREEN CARD, TO MEET WITH FAMILY MEMBERS BUT THEY ARE DOING IT LEGALLY. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS HAD A TWO PRONGED APPROACH IN ITS IMMIGRATION POLICY. TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE PROMISE TO BUILD A WALL BUT ALSO TO CURB LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND ACTORS CONTROVERSY. ERIC: 535,000 OR SO PEOPLE, IT COULD AFFECT THEM EVERY YEAR. THESE ARE LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO APPLY FOR VISAS AND YOU HAVE TO SHOW YOU HAVE YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE OR CAN PAY FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE AS YOU GRANT THAT VISA.>>IN PARTICULAR HIS TOP IMMIGRATION ADVISOR, STEPHEN, REALLY EAGER TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF COSTS IMMIGRANTS PLACE ON THE UNITED STATES THAT THEY VIEW AS THE COST OF IMMIGRANTS ENTERING THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING HEALTHCARE. ERIC: THEY MENTIONED THAT IN A PROCLAMATION, QUOTE, COST 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. UNCOMPENSATED CARE COSTS THE OVERALL MEASURE OF REIMBURSED SERVICES HOSPITALS GIVE THEIR PATIENTS, EXCEEDED $35 BILLION IN EACH OF THE LAST WE 10 YEARS AMOUNTING TO $7 MILLION ON AVERAGE FOR EACH HOSPITAL IN THE UNITED STATES, DRIVING HOSPITALS INTO INSOLVENCY. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS $3 BILLION A YEAR. THERE HAS BEEN TALK ABOUT THIS.>>IT IS A CRUSHING AMOUNT BUT THEY DON’T SPECIFY THAT $35 BILLION IS IMMIGRANTS, THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT ALL REIMBURSED CARE. I SUSPECT THAT MEANS IS HERE LEGALLY AND OTHER AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO DON’T HAVE HEALTHCARE. AS WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE THAT IS THE SAME ARGUMENT PEOPLE ARGUING FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE AND OBAMACARE WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS IN OFFICE MADE FOR HAVING A BROADER HEALTHCARE COVERAGE, TO BE SURE YOU DON’T HAVE THESE COSTS FOR PEOPLE SHOWING UP IN HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY ROOMS WITHOUT HEALTHCARE. ERIC: IS IT BASED IN FACT? PEOPLE COME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT?>>INDEED. THAT IS A DEBATABLE FACT BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES ON THIS ISSUE. ERIC: IT IS CALLED DRACONIAN AND WE WILL SEE CHALLENGES IN COURT.>>I THINK SO AND THAT IS THE PRECEDENT FOR A LOT OF THINGS, THEY END UP IN COURT. IT DOESN’T GIVE A LOT OF TIME TO PEOPLE WORKING IN COUNSELOR OFFICES AROUND THE WORLD TO COME UP WITH OR STUDY OR FIGURE OUT WHAT THE CRITERIA WILL BE. THERE JOB GOING FORWARD IF THIS PROCLAMATION GOES INTO EFFECT, TO TEST OR REQUIRE PEOPLE WHO ARE APPLYING FOR THOSE VISAS TO SHOW THEY CAN PAY FOR IT. ERIC: THEY SHOW UP AND GET A VISA SAYING THIS IS MY HEALTH CARD. HOW DOES IT WORK?>>THE STATE DEPARTMENT WILL SET OUT GUIDELINES BUT I HAVEN’T SEEN THOSE YET AND I IMAGINE PEOPLE ARE EAGER TO SEE THEM. ERIC: YOU COULD ASK THE PRESIDENT NEXT TIME YOU SEE HIM. I WOULD BE REMISS IN MY PROFESSIONAL RESPONSE ABILITIES IF I DID NOT PRAISE YOUR DILIGENCE, YOUR DEDICATION AND THOSE QUESTIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES YELLING AT YOU IN FRONT OF 200 PEOPLE, MILLIONS ON TELEVISION WATCHING. HERE IS HOW JEFF MASON, A TUTORIAL IN JOURNALISM SCHOOL HANDLING A PRESIDENT WHO IS YELLING AT HIM.>>THE QUESTION IS WHAT DID YOU WANT BRETT VELICOVICH TO DO ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN?>>ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?>>A FOLLOW-UP OF WHAT I JUST ASKED YOU.>>WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND ASKING A QUESTION.>>I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THE WHEN I ASKED YOU.>>ASK HIM A QUESTION.>>I WILL.>>I’VE GIVEN YOU A LONG ANSWER. S CHRISTIANSEN A QUESTION. DON’T BE RUDE.>>I JUST WANT YOU TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION I ASKED.>>YOU WERE COOL, COLLECTED, PROFESSIONAL. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?>>THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD WAS DO YOUR JOB AND THAT IS WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO. HE DIDN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION AND I WANTED TO FOLLOW UP. THAT IS OUR JOB IN THOSE SITUATIONS.>>EVER SEE HIM AT OTHER TIMES? HAS HE SAID ANYTHING TO YOU? RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE WITH HIM?>>HE CALLED ON ME THAT DAY AND I HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO ASK A QUESTION. I WAS TRAVELING THE DAY AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO FLORIDA. HE DIDN’T COME BACK THAT DAY ON AIR FORCE ONE. WE HAVEN’T SEEN EACH OTHER SINCE. HE HAS HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO YELL AT OTHER JOURNALISTS BEFORE. I WILL MOVE ON FROM THIS. ERIC: DAN RATHER AND RICHARD NIXON, PRESIDENT NIXON SAID ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SOMETHING AND HE SAID NO, ARE YOU? YOU WERE NOT RUDE IN ANY WAY. YOU ARE DILIGENT AND KEPT ASKING TO GET TO A POINT.>>I APPRECIATE THAT AND THAT IS OUR JOB, TO DO FOLLOW-UP.

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