Court Bars Immigrant Health Insurance Policy; Leaves Trump in Dismay

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Stopping immigrants from reaching the United States in whatever way possible has been the prime agenda for the President of the United States, Donald Trump. However, in a latest move the court blocked his immigrant health insurance policy, which was signed last month.

As reported, a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has temporarily barred the rule proposed by Trump. This means immigrants won’t have to prove that they can have health insurance or can pay for medical care within 30 days of their arrival.

The case was filed by seven US citizens and a non-profit organization last week, arguing that such a rule would potentially block two-thirds of the legal immigrants reaching the nation. Besides, stating that such an obligation would also hugely minimize the number of immigrants who enter the US with family sponsored visas.

“We’re very grateful that the court recognized the need to block the healthcare ban immediately,” said Justice Action Center senior litigator Esther Sung, who argued at a hearing on Saturday on behalf of the plaintiffs.

“The ban would separate families and cut two-thirds of green-card-based immigration starting tonight, were the ban not stopped.”

The bill was signed by Donald Trump in early October, and applied to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad, and not to those already living in the US. It also did not affect permanent residents.

At the time when proclamation was issued, the White House in its statement said that many non-citizens were taking advantage of the country’s “generous public health programs.” Further adding that immigrants contribute to the issue of “uncompensated healthcare costs”.

Under the norms of the US immigration visa rule, the required insurance can be bought solely or provided by an employer. This can both be short-term or catastrophic coverage.

Also, as per the stats issued by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan immigration thinktank, 57 per cent of the US immigrants had private health insurance as of 2017, in comparison to 69 per cent of the US born individuals. While, 30 per cent had public health insurance coverage, as compared to 36 per cent respectively.

Trump administration has remained adamant on introducing policies like immigrant health insurance in order to stop giving away US Immigration visas. Even earlier this year, the administration made changes to the regulations, which were deemed inhumane and insensitive towards those considering a move to the nation.


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