The announcement begins with an overview of the underlying issue with the US healthcare system. The US has long faced the challenge of rising health insurance premiums, higher fees for medical services, and higher taxes passed on to the American people.
This results from the amount of uncompensated care for individuals who lack health insurance or the ability to pay for their medical services.
Trump points to data showing the total uncompensated care costs have exceeded $35 billion in each of the last 10 years, averaging $7 million lost compensation for each US hospital alone.
The US government has a long history of leaders characterizing this phenomenon as textbook free-riding—a market failure that occurs when a benefit is obtained at another’s expense.
Furthermore, Trump introduces data that shows that lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than US citizens to lack health insurance. He states, “Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.”