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While attention turns to health care for all, let’s talk about coverage for immigrants

As progressives consider proposals to implement universal health care, it’s important to define the principle that’s driving them. What unites Democrats right now is the idea that health care is a right afforded to all. If that’s the self-imposed litmus test, it’s essential to define “all” when discussing universal health care.

Millions of people who live in the United States are currently uninsured. High costs remain a major barrier to coverage; 46 percent of uninsured adults said costs were a primary reason according to a 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Proposals by Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), who are advocating to expand public programs like Medicare and Medicaid, respectively, strive to make care affordable. …

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