California Lawmakers Press Governor Newsom for Health Care for Illegal Migrants: $2.6 Billion Price Tag

In California, when you break the law you get rewarded.  In L.A. and San Fran the DA’s don’t want you to go to jail, they want to assign a social worker instead.  Teachers unions refuse to allow the teachers in the classrooms, violating their contract.  Instead the teachers get full pay, even if no student turns on their Internet.  Now the Sacramento Democrats want to create a magnet for illegal aliens.  Sneak into our country and not only will you get a free education, you will get free health care.

“Two Democrat California lawmakers are pressing Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide free health care to migrants who are in the United States illegally at a price tag of $2.6 Billion annually to taxpayers in the state.

This hand-out would be accomplished by making illegal migrants — like their citizen counterparts — eligible up to age 26 to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents.”

This is part of the reason productive, decent people are fleeing the State.  High taxes, with the money going to make our streets unsafe and to allow illegal aliens to take our jobs and tax dollars.

California Lawmakers Press Governor Newsom for Health Care for Illegal Migrants: $2.6 Billion Price Tag

Penny Starr, Breitbart,12/21/20    

Two Democrat California lawmakers are pressing Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide free health care to migrants who are in the United States illegally at a price tag of $2.6 Billion annually to taxpayers in the state.

This hand-out would be accomplished by making illegal migrants — like their citizen counterparts — eligible up to age 26 to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on “fiercely liberal” Los Angeles State Senator María Elena Durazo and California Assembly member Joaquin Arambula, who, “emboldened by the win of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden,” are pursuing their agenda:

[Durazo and Arambula] introduced a two-bill package earlier this month that would cover unauthorized senior immigrants first, and eventually the remainder of California’s undocumented immigrant population.

Newsom has long touted his goal of achieving universal health coverage in California and made campaign promises to work toward a single-payer health care system. But after nearly two years in office, Newsom’s ambitious health care agenda has been sidetracked by deadly wildfires and a widening homelessness crisis — as well as the COVID-19 pandemic — and he has not managed to dramatically expand coverage.

California currently covers about 200,000 unauthorized immigrant children and young adults, according to the state Department of Health Care Services. The state budgeted about $375 million to cover young adults ages 19 through 25 this fiscal year, but does not track spending for undocumented immigrant children, according to the state Department of Finance.

“It’s a national issue. Look at how all the national Democratic candidates raised their hands in front of the world to support covering undocumented immigrants in health insurance,” Durazo told California Healthline. “We want a clear commitment to finally do this, not just lip service.”

The Chronicle notes that the federal government does not allow Medicaid to cover illegal migrants, so California taxpayers would have to foot the estimated multimillion dollar annual cost.

The Chronicle trys to make the case that because Latinos and blacks are believed to be disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, they should be prioritized for health care coverage even if they are in the country illegally. They reported:

The lawmakers are using the two bills as a negotiating tactic. Arambula and advocates said they hope to win coverage for undocumented immigrants 65 and older next year, while developing a plan with Newsom to expand coverage to the entire population at some point during his governorship. Durazo said both bills are equally important and are intentionally being used to pressure the governor into action next year.

“This is our way to finally have a real conversation about what it’ll take to get everyone covered, given we’ll have federal partners with the Biden-Harris administration,” Orville Thomas, director of government affairs for the California Immigrant Policy Center, said in the Chronicle report.

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Comments

  1. Breaking the federal law once, by protecting illegals into the state, has opened pandoras box. Now the 40 million residents will need to provide health and education and access to all the infrastructure that is already in disrepair. With the once Golden State already having the highest cost for electricity and fuels in the country, and the state with the highest homeless and poverty rates in America, the traffic rush out of town of the legal residents is on.

    • Remember that Kamala Harris said that California was the model for the entire nation. We’re all heading to the poor house!! Just what they want – complete dependency on them by the whole nation.

  2. Totallyfedup says

    Merry Last Christmas everyone.
    This could very well be our last “legal” Christmas.
    CA and the US are now on a serious downhill fall to complete ruin with Sloppy Joe Obiden the puppet In charge and even worse comrade harris waiting in the wings.
    YOU VOTED FOR IT.
    NOW YOU WILL GET IT.
    NO COMPLAINTS ALLOWED FROM BIDEN VOTERS.

  3. Breaking the federal law once, by protecting illegals into the state, has opened pandoras box. Now the 40 million residents will need to provide health and education and access to all the infrastructure that is already in disrepair.

    With the once Golden State already having the highest cost for electricity and fuels in the country, and the state with the highest homeless and poverty rates in America, the traffic rush out of town of the legal residents is on.

  4. NO is a complete sentence and the people that are LEGAL (LIBERALS do not recognize that word) in CA deserve it not people who take what is not theirs in the first place. It is wrong and illegal !
    Gruesome newsome can’t be trusted – so how is ousting him coming along?
    NO!!

  5. Venezuela as most people know has gone down the tubes because of a power hungry socialist/communist leader who has “run out of other peoples money”. Over taxation has driven the producers away. Only the non producers are remaining (and starving) because the poor there have nowhere to go.
    California is number one and growing in tax burden, poverty and failing infrastructure in the United States. Businesses are wisely departing in droves.
    The hand writing is on the wall and nobody in Sacramento can read.

  6. Of course government wants to pay for illegals health care! It’s always about government union jobs. Illegals are just customer’s. California is doomed. That’s right!

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