From the Department of Adding Insult to Injury, the Democratic leadership in California, led by Governor Gavin Newsom, has agreed to grant eligibility for the state’s Medicaid program to low-income, undocumented, illegal adults aged 19 to 25.
Effective January 2020, these foreign freeloaders will enjoy a privilege denied to many hard-working American taxpaying citizens who do not qualify for Medi-Cal.
The West Coast liberals are openly pandering to what they regard as their future voting bloc, with the expectation that these intruders will topple Republican political opponents at the next presidential election.
The 2020 California state budget is $213 billion. “Extraordinary” state budget surplus funds will be used not to help veterans or homeless Americans but to reward lawbreakers who have entered the country without bothering to become naturalized legally.
First-year costs are pegged at $98 million and give California the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. state that rewards criminal behavior by subsidizing some 90,000 illegal aliens’ healthcare expenses.
Health Access is an organization which touts itself as “California’s Health Consumer Advocacy Coalition.” This group is helping illegals get benefits reserved for the citizenry.
Liberal mouthpiece Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, commented on the new laws which give preference to folks who are gaming the political system:
“While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle income families who don’t get any help under the federal law.”
Too bad those families aren’t actual Americans. Under the new rules, a four-member family earning as much as six times the federal poverty level – more than $150,000 a year – would be eligible to receive approximately $100 each and every month from the state government to lower their monthly health insurance premiums.
Even worse, the California Assembly has drafted a new bill that would cover all undocumented migrants over the age of 19 who reside in that state. This expansion of Gov. Newsome’s gift to non-citizen scofflaws, which caps Medi-Cal eligibility at age 25, is projected to cost a whopping $3.4 billion (with a ‘b’).
The California Senate likes Newsome’s proposal to cover 19-25 year-olds but also wants to tack on seniors 65 and older. In response to citizen concerns over the increased expenditure, Sen. Maria Elana Durazo brushed the issue aside, rationalizing that the state’s budget surplus has been projected to be $21.5 billion.
What’s a few billion dollars among future constituents, after all? Golden State Democrats obviously don’t give a fig about the epidemic of homelessness that is dragging their once-great state down into the status of a third-world country.
Members of the California legislature claim that more than half (1.8 million) of the 3 million residents who don’t have any health insurance live in the U.S. illegally. Almost half of those 1.8 million undocumented aliens have income low enough to qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.
As if this weren’t enough punishment for legal Californians, leadership is scheming to make them pay for the perks coming to all those undocumented residents by imposing fines on anyone who doesn’t buy a health insurance policy.
This twisted plot would perpetuate the Obama-era federal tax penalty applied to those unwilling or unable to purchase one of his “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) insurance plans. Republican legislatures under President Trump voted in 2017 to repeal that punitive federal law which targeted the very people now destined to receive special treatment in California: poor folks.
However, the big difference between the low-income citizens slated to get something for nothing in California next year and those affected by the deceitful and flawed Obamacare program is that ACA impacted legal citizens while Gov. Newsome and his Democratic cronies are helping people who shouldn’t be living in the U.S. in the first place.
GOP State Senator Jeff Stone put into words what many others are thinking about these patently unfair laws:
“We’re going to penalize the citizens of this state that have followed the rules, but we’re going to let somebody who has not followed the rules come in here and get the services for free. I just think that’s wrong.”
Bleeding-heart liberals are using all the buzzwords they can to gain sympathy for their unfair and politically biased healthcare initiative. In this statement from Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, note the complete absence of the word “illegal” (“undocumented” is so much easier to swallow, isn’t it?) and the use of the emotionally-loaded word “beloved:”
“For California’s immigrant communities, today’s budget deal is bittersweet. The exclusion of undocumented elders from the same healthcare their U.S. citizen neighbors are eligible for means beloved community members will suffer and die from treatable conditions. And the exclusion of many immigrants from the Earned Income Tax Credit will perpetuate the crisis of economic inequality in our state.”
If you want to talk about economic inequality, Ms. Buiza, let’s take a deep dive into why you want tax-paying citizens to pay for illegal aliens’ health insurance?