Senator Bernie Sanders told the Hispanic Caucus that he would support allowing illegal aliens to purchase insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, but deny the illegals federal subsidies His advocacy comes on the heels of a proposal by Rep. Luis Gutierrez earlier in the week that would open the entire Affordable Care Act to all illegal aliens, including subsidies.
The Vermont senator, who is running a competitive race against Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, made the comments during a 45-minute meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, according to attendees. The 26-member group is comprised entirely of House and Senate Democrats.
Aides later said that Sanders believes that in certain cases, undocumented immigrants should be able to purchase health insurance through the exchanges set up under Obamacare, using their own money. The senator has not advocated allowing the undocumented immigrants to receive federal subsidies, his aides said.