Should Illegal Aliens Get Free Healthcare?

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Do you think it makes sense for illegals who don’t pay into the system to receive the health benefits it provides? PragerU’s Will Witt asked the people.

5 Responses to “Should Illegal Aliens Get Free Healthcare?”

  1. Frances says:

    You do not indicate if the illegal person is in prison? I would assume an illegal person in prison should receive the same medical benefit as other criminals receive.

    I guess you could say I am assuming an illegal person did not have the benefit of receiving known disease medical vaccinations as most resident citizens receive early in life prior to enrolling into state schools.

    Therefore, a prison would need to administer appropriate vaccinations/ treat newcomers to maintain a safe environment.

    • AAfterwit says:


      The video seems to be in response to a California initiative to allow all people – including illegal immigrants who are not paying taxes (and some do) – access to free health care.

      You make excellent points on people that are incarcerated and perhaps even those who are going to enroll in school.

      Yet on some level, the question is “how much do we as legal taxpayers pay for those breaking the law by being in the country illegally?” In our opinion, it is a valid question that as you point out, has many layers.

      A. Afterwit.

  2. Frances says:

    In response to your question on who should be paying taxes to support illegal immigrants is that I do not know the rules and regulations to offer legal info.

    However, my personal opinion on the issue is that taxpayers should pay nothing for ‘walking the street’ illegal immigrants health care.

    I am not saying they shouldn’t have health care but I am simply stating the fact that in this country there are a lot of people who have to seek medical assistance without financial help.

    These U. S. citizens have to approach medical care assistance from clinics and doctors and request in advance a discount for their service and then try to figure out how much care they can afford! An illegal immigrant has the same street right to walk-into clinics for health care.

    I think there is a difference between illegal immigrants while being detained by the government officials and another layer you didn’t mention would be refugees.

    P.S. Wish you hadn’t mentioned the video and an individual state’s desire to encompass ‘all’ as you are wavering on opening up parental government taxpayer funds and also enter into the private insurance company support arena.

    • AAfterwit says:


      As always, thank you for the comment.

      We agree with you that “walking the street illegal immigrants” should not have health care paid for by the taxpayers. The CA bill is really an expansion of Medicare and would include everyone on the state.

      If you arrest someone, the state is on the hook for the costs because the person cannot go somewhere and pay for the healthcare themselves. It’s not as if a person (here legally or illegally) can say “I need to be released to go to the doctor’s.”

      School kids that require vaccinations may be a different matter. There are plenty of places that one can go and get vaccines for free, but as the state is requiring that kids attend school, that may (repeat MAY) be seen as something similar to being in prison.

      Refugees are not in the mix because by definition, they are here legally by applying for refugee status.

      The problem is that there is no free lunch. While CA has a massive economy, right now it is losing the race with unfunded pension mandates and is not as solvent as it should be. Also there is the issue that companies are leaving the state. So when the bill comes due for that so called free lunch, someone has to pay for it and it is going to be the taxpayer.

      We’re not fans of that.

      A. Afterwit.

  3. Frances says:

    Thank you for your informative response. I am glad you agree with me, especially when another ‘hit’ to federal health care originally meant for retirees, i.e., Medicare, is involved.