Bernie Sanders unveiled new components of his key policy proposals on the campaign trail over the weekend; saying he “hopes” to give free healthcare and tuition-free college to “undocumented” people across the United States.
“Let me say something which has gotten me into trouble. I am a supporter of Medicare for All, and that means that everybody in the country has healthcare, including the undocumented,” Sanders told a crowd of supporters.
“When I say I want to make public colleges and universities tuition free, that also includes the undocumented. I hope as soon as possible the undocumented will not be undocumented, that’s the goal,” he added.
Bernie Sanders backs free government health care and public college for illegal immigrants pic.twitter.com/pOgzmapSc7
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 15, 2019
Sanders made similar promises of more “freebies” last week; baselessly asserting that new mothers will save $23,000 on childbirth under his universal healthcare scheme.
“Average cost of childbirth in the United States: $32,000
Average cost of childbirth with Medicare for All: $0,” posted Sanders on social media.
Average cost of childbirth in the United States: $32,000
Average cost of childbirth with Medicare for All: $0
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 10, 2019
Sanders made national headlines last month after suggesting “population control” and “reproductive rights” in third world countries was necessary to combat climate change.
“Empowering women to curb population growth seems reasonable to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?” asked an audience member.
“The answer is yes. Women have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions… In poor countries around the world, where women do not want to have large numbers of babies, where they can have the opportunity to use birth control to control the number of kids they have, is something I very strongly support,” said Sanders.