Beinvenidos a California: Lawmakers agree to health benefits for illegal aliens

From SF Gate: California will become the first state to pay for some adults living in the country illegally to have full health benefits as the solidly liberal bastion continues to resist the policies of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.

Democrats in the state Legislature reached an agreement Sunday afternoon as part of a broader plan to spend $213 billion of state and federal tax money over the next year. The legislature is expected to approve the deal this week. The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Only those in that age group whose incomes are low enough to qualify for the program would get the health benefits. State officials estimate that group will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98 million per year. The state Senate had wanted to expand the proposal to include adults 65 and older, but the Newsom administration argued it would cost too much.

Sen. Holly Mitchell

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

The move is part of a larger effort to make sure everyone in California has health insurance. The proposal also makes California the first state in the country to help middle-income families pay their monthly health insurance premiums. It means a family of four earning as much as six times the federal poverty level — or more than $150,000 a year — would be eligible to get about $100 a month from the government to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

But to pay for part of it, the state will begin taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual mandate penalty that had been law nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.

Republicans on the legislative committee negotiating the budget voted against the proposal, arguing it was not fair to give health benefits to people who are in the country illegally while taxing people who are here legally for not purchasing health insurance.

The budget agreement still must be approved by the full state Legislature. State law requires lawmakers to enact a budget by midnight on June 15. If they don’t, lawmakers would lose their pay.

The health care proposals are a win for first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who proposed both of them. Several lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state legislature wanted to go further by offering health coverage to all adults living in California illegally. But Newsom opposed that, noting it would cost $3.4 billion.

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Dr. Eowyn
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If Democrats don’t (correctly) anticipate illegal aliens to vote Democrat, this would never happen, nor would there be sanctuary cities & states.

Alma
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Alma

California should be severed from the Republic, no federal monies should be sent, let them fend for themselves and the state responsible for all, let them sink, Sodom and Gomorrah in the 21st century

Grif
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This is an affront to every immigrant who came here legally, followed the rules, and became naturalized citizens. It is an affront to every law abiding citizen, whether they live in California or elsewhere, who work for a living, pay taxes, and live on what they have left.

A government-funded benefit that is available exclusively to a single group, but that is paid for by others who are excluded by law from receiving that benefit, is theft.

Alma
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Alma

I came here legally and followed the law step by step, and I am angry to see what the Demokrats are doing by giving a free passage to illegals, people that contribute NOTHING to the United
States, We will eventually become the country they left behind.

Tim Shey
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When I think of California, I think of lawlessness on steroids.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Then, the actuarial tables the insurance thieves use will spread their “risk” to all of us. This is beyond nuts. I’m not sure it is even “legal” to extend federal health insurance to illegals.

Governor Goodhair looks like a Satanic version of Billy Graham. What a freak. He’s the grand-nephew of Nasty Nancy Pelosi. Commie bastards!

Recynd77
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Recynd77

“Health” is a right in CA? I wonder if “health” includes hepatitis, TB, community-acquired MRSA, typhoid fever, rabies, and bedbugs?

LA and SF are as bad as Seattle; the rest of us are minutes away from the same demise.

chemtrailssuck
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Golly, wonder who’ll foot the bill for this?

William
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William

Holly Mitchell, who really doesn’t look like the sharpest pencil in the box, says that “health” is a fundamental right but neglects to mention that it’s a fundamental responsibility of individuals to make intelligent life choices and maintain their own health. If you drink/drug to excess so that your health is impaired, is it your right to be detoxed so you can drink and drug some more? It is here in MA and the benefits are infinite. Just keep cycling through, The State will pick up the tab. The only reason they get away with it is that it’s a… Read more »

cogitoergosumantra
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cogitoergosumantra

Can’t HHS or CMS cut off federal Medicaid funds if they do this? If they use *state* funds, the only option left for residents and businesses who don’t want their taxes going to such efforts is to move out. Great idea, Gov’ner.

BTW, if federal funds *are* cut off, then guess what, they just tax Californians even more. It’s a lose-lose situation. Or win-win for Dems (if the illegals vote for them) and for the illegals, who will now get benefits not even likely afforded the disabled and elderly, unemployed, vets, etc.

Jackie Puppet
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Insurance is the biggest racket on the planet, and California wants to make sure the’re not left out of it.

If it’s not in the Constitution, it’s NOT a right!

Har Right
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Har Right

When we is really really outta money, even fo like food n shit, will de gubna be volunteering to get eaten first?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Meanwhile tens of thousands of homeless CITIZENS lie in the street. I guess they only way they get medical attention is if they get to vote twice.