Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently announced that he is in support of undocumented immigrants receiving health care via the Affordable Care Act. The Vermont senator made this announcement during a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that is comprised entirely by Democrats. News of this announcement came on the heels of the introduction of a bill that would extend health care to undocumented immigrants.
He was careful to specify that these individuals would be responsible for the payment of their own health care. In other words, he ruled out the possibility of federal subsidizing.
Political analysts at The Washington Post were quick to point out the implications that an announcement like this one will have in the Democratic primary race. Until recently, fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a large lead over Sanders and other candidates, especially with prospective Latino voters. But Sanders vocal support of this newest bill could help him gain favor with the Hispanic voting population.
In addition to support of this bill, Sanders also announced that he has hired two Latino activists, Chuck Rocha and Arturo Carmona, to help him better reach the Hispanic population, according to The Washington Post.