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Biden rescinds Trump-era health insurance requirement for new immigrants

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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response and the vaccination program from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By Ted Hesson and Kristina Cooke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday revoked a 2019 proclamation by former President Donald Trump that sought to bar the entry of immigrants who could not prove they had health insurance or could cover healthcare costs.

In an announcement by the White House, the Democratic president said the suspension imposed by his Republican predecessor "does not advance the interests of the United States."

Trump issued a proclamation in October 2019 requiring all prospective immigrants to show proof of U.S. health insurance within 30 days of their arrival in the United States or enough money to pay for "reasonably foreseeable medical costs."

A federal judge blocked the healthcare requirement before its effective date a month later. But in a December 2020 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Trump proclamation, saying it fell within the president’s executive power.

Biden took office weeks later, and advocates said the measure never went into effect. The White House and other U.S. agencies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Biden has vowed to reverse many of Trump’s restrictive immigration policies, rolling back a travel ban on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries and halting construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump’s initial announcement of the health insurance requirement sent prospective immigrants scrambling https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-insurance/trump-rule-on-health-insurance-leaves-immigrants-companies-scrambling-for-answers-idUSKBN1XA1G6 to figure out how to get the necessary coverage and navigate U.S. bureaucracy.

Immigrant advocates said the proclamation would have barred entry to as many as two-thirds of legal immigrants had it been allowed to take effect.

Biden's proclamation came as part of a package of actions late on Friday reversing some largely symbolic policy statements by Trump. Those included the former president's executive orders deriding online censorship, street protests attacking monuments and excessive government regulation.

Another order reversed by Biden proposed building a sculpture garden of American "heroes."

Biden rescinds Trump-era health insurance requirement for new immigrants
 

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Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl May 17, 2021 2:05PM ET
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Lol. Who needs terrorism to destroy your country?
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 15, 2021 2:28AM ET
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Yeah right.. This guy actually received 80 mil votes.
oeg vokar
oeg vokar May 15, 2021 2:20AM ET
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In Canada every one pays taxes, even outside Canada for months or years, but if out of Canada for 7 months Health coverage is lost.....and have to live 3 months in Canada, with private insurance, to restore the coverage. And Trudeau is a good people, Trump is bad??????
Adrian White
Adrian White May 15, 2021 2:20AM ET
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That's because in Canada, in return, you don't have to pay anything for medical appointments or basic hospital procedures.
Anthony Hughes
Anthony Hughes May 15, 2021 1:03AM ET
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To anybody who is still wearing a mask after getting vaccinated, please stop spreading misinformation and disinformation and being a science-denying pro-masker. The CDC, which is an authoritative source, has said that you do not need masks. Anybody who disagrees and says they will continue to wear a mask, or encourages others to do so, even after getting vaccinated is going against the science. They are probably Russian bots. Shame that we have such science deniers in society promoting mask use after getting a vaccine. They should be banned, de-platformed, and removed from the internet.
Adrian White
Adrian White May 15, 2021 1:03AM ET
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Why do you conflate wearing a mask with "spreading misinformation and disinformation"? Wearing a mask is not a statement or any form of information. It's a simply an act of caution and concern for others.
sam chan
sam chan May 14, 2021 11:37PM ET
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Debt
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milena villa escobar May 14, 2021 10:38PM ET
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What a loser
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer May 14, 2021 10:32PM ET
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It's not long before AZ forensic audit to be completed. The GOP is now more united than ever. The media propaganda machine will not be able to keep the sky scorched for much longer. The illegitimate president will be unseated.
Adrian White
Adrian White May 14, 2021 10:32PM ET
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Dream on, Kelly. Republicans are more fragmented than ever, with discussions of breaking into Trump-worshipping vs Trump-rejecting factions.
Scot House
Scot House May 14, 2021 9:59PM ET
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Welcome. Being your drugs. Bring your herpes, aids, ******rash and guns.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 14, 2021 9:55PM ET
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So the party who want to force everyone to get health insurance is giving foreigners a pass.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey May 14, 2021 9:29PM ET
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Lovely to be an immigrant in the USA. The tax payers pay for everything & get nothing
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel May 14, 2021 8:41PM ET
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Reuters is propaganda arm of the DNC
oeg vokar
oeg vokar May 14, 2021 8:41PM ET
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The owner is the richest Canadian...can you imagine what is like news environment in Canada?
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy May 14, 2021 8:30PM ET
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Good news everyday! Thanks Biden! USA capitalists sharks will die all soon!!!
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel May 14, 2021 8:12PM ET
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Biden is pro-censorship
peter neal
peter neal May 14, 2021 7:01PM ET
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They are determined to destroy the Country. Let them in. Free health care. No wall. Welcome. Drugs are pouring in the Country and killing Americans.
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell May 14, 2021 5:27PM ET
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Now theres a surpriseHe should have changed his name to “ Not Trump what ****
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES May 14, 2021 5:18PM ET
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The USA is a falling empire
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Edward Class May 14, 2021 4:49PM ET
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"Biden revokes Trump ban on immigrants who would burden U.S. healthcare system"...lol, somebody at reuters going to get fired for that title. democrats are suppose to keep that second part secret.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier May 14, 2021 4:40PM ET
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Joe Biden has exceded my expectations. I was sure it would take him and his administration about a year to wreck the country.
 
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