California lawmakers moves on health care for illegal immigrants

June 10, 2019

California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature has reached an agreement on extending government-funded health care coverage to young adult illegal immigrants at a cost of about $100 million a year, a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom intends to sign into law. [CBS News]

Democratic lawmakers on Sunday agreed on a proposed state budget that will allow adults between the ages of 19 and 25 who are living in the United States illegally to become eligible for California’s Medicaid program. In order to participate in the program, it will also be necessary for the young adults to have an income low enough to qualify for Medicaid.

The program will cost an estimated $98 million and cover an additional 90,000 people. It will be funded, at least in part, by the state levying a tax on Californians who do not have health insurance, a policy modeled after the scrapped Obamacare penalty at the federal level.

Prior to Sunday’s deal, the state Senate proposed legislation that would cover illegal immigrant adults ages 19 to 25 and 65 and older. An Assembly bill called for covering all illegal immigrants above the age of 19.

Newsom objected to the Assembly plan because of its $3.4 billion price tag. Ultimately, lawmakers agreed to Newsom’s $98 million proposal.

Following the compromise, California is set to become the first state in the country to offer government-funded health care to illegal immigrants.

“California believes that health is a fundamental right,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, who led the budget negations.

Republicans on the legislative committee negotiating the budget voted against the plan, arguing it is not fair to give health benefits to illegal immigrants while taxing people living in the state legally for not purchasing health insurance.

The Legislature must still formally approve California’s proposed $213 million budgets. Lawmakers have until midnight on Saturday to do so or they forfeit pay.

In addition to providing health care to illegal immigrants, the proposed budget would also make California the first state to assist families earning as much as six times the federal poverty level with paying their monthly health insurance premiums. Families of four earning $150,000 a year would be eligible for about $100 a month in state government assistance under the proposed budget.

Newsom campaigned on a platform of universal health care. California has 3 million residents who do not have health insurance, about 1.8 million of whom are illegal immigrants.


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Rich in MB

You elected them Cali….now face the consequences.


DocT

My friend needs a costly medical procedure. I am going to take money from each of you on this thread in order to pay for my friend’s procedure.


You’ll like it, because you’re compassionate and caring. I like it because I’m going to skim a bit of the money I take from you. The hospital likes it because they get paid. My friend likes it because he doesn’t have to pay!


Win, win, win, win. Newsome is awesome. Everyone wins with free healthcare for illegals, especially those of us with jobs who have the privilege of paying the bills.


smiley

Crap like this is all we can expect from government from now on. It will just keep getting worse until we get enough and…….


Myself

I shot an e-mail to Senator monning a day or two ago, expressing the general feeling about spending taxpayer monies on this and a couple other things, I’m not expecting a reply back from him, by the way I didn’t vote for him or any of his ilk either.


Mjd

Folks,


DO NOT vote for the whacky, far left Democrat Party!


As we see here, the whacky Democrat Party embraces giving our hard earned tax dollars to illegal aliens who are breaking the law by being here, and this act betrays all Americans who believe in the rule of law.


Instead of providing illegal aliens with better health care than average taxpayers have, we ought to support ICE, support mass deportations, cut government handouts to illegal aliens, require ALL employers to use E-Verify, enact gang injunctions, support law & order, and end this lawlessness.


Remember, illegal is a crime, not a race.


Abandon the corrupt Democrat Party in 2020!


c.d.cox

All Europian nations do not treat non nationals.Denmark for instance if you are not a tax paying Dane forget about free medical care.


Rambunctious

What if they are a wealthy illegal alien from Saudi Arabia or somewhere…we pay their way too?….This is insane!…I pay through the nose for my insurance that provides me with sub par coverage…Maybe I should become a Mexican citizen and sneak into California and get free stuff….


“Republicans on the legislative committee negotiating the budget voted against the plan, arguing it is not fair to give health benefits to illegal immigrants while taxing people living in the state legally for not purchasing health insurance”


^^^^^That was the GOP response?…that was their objection?…we are screwed….


Cayucos Claude

This is an outrage. Instead of paying $98 million so people can receive medical care when they’re sick, we should use that money to cover President Trump’s $102 million in golf expenses!


Rambunctious

Hating on Trump is so yesterday…even in California….


shelworth

He plays for free, he owns the course…


nowayray

What bitter irony that the citizens of California are being forced to pay a penalty for not being able to afford health insurance to pay for the “healthcare” rights of non legal occupants of our State. Such nonsense that our government is more interested in people breaking the law than law abiding citizens.

I think I want to break the law and not pay State taxes in protest, Governor Newsome are you going to bail me out too with free legal care if I promise to vote for you? BS