California Legislature Considers Free Health Care for Illegal Alien Seniors

Gavin Newsom (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

JOEL B. POLLAK

The California state legislature is considering a bill that would expand Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicare program, to illegal aliens over the age of 65 with low incomes.

Earlier this year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill expanding Medi-Cal to illegal aliens 25 years old and younger with low enough incomes to qualify for the program. That fulfilled a pledge he made in his first act as governor to offer coverage to illegal aliens over 18 years old.

As Calmatters notes, Newsom balked at proposals earlier this year to expand Medi-Cal to elderly illegal aliens because of concerns about the cost, and because the proposal would pre-empt the governor’s budget proposals.

Calmat’s explains (original links):

The bill, authored by Los Angeles Democrat Maria Elena Durazo, would expand Medi-Cal—the state’s version of federal Medicaid  for low-income residents — to undocumented immigrants age 65 and older starting next July. That would inch the state closer to providing health care to all immigrants in the state illegally.

The governor hasn’t indicated whether he would sign this bill, despite his previous support for universal health care. Experts note that he might object to its attempt to lock him into new spending for next year’s budget.

The Newsom administration’s Finance Department opposes the bill, estimating it would cost an additional $163 million in next year’s budget and $255 million the following year, with costs projected to rise further as the senior population of undocumented immigrants grows. Nearly all of those costs would be born by state taxpayers because the federal government, which funds most of Medicaid, refuses to pay for services for people in the country illegally.

All of the Democratic Party frontrunners for president support providing free health care to illegal aliens; all ten presidential candidates on the stage at the second night of the first presidential debate in Miami, Florida, famously raised their hands to agree.

CALIFORNIA TO OFFER ILLEGALS FREE HEALTH CARE BY FINING RESIDENTS

California to Offer Illegals Free Health Care by Fining Residents

Californians who don’t qualify for free health care to pay for illegals who do qualify

California will now fine residents who don’t buy health insurance to help pay for the health care of illegal aliens.

California will become the first in the nation to offer state-funded health care coverage for illegal immigrants under age 26 at the cost of $98 million, and to shore up money the state will fine people for not purchasing insurance.

“The fines were initially implemented as part of the federal Affordable Care Act law known as Obamacare, but Republicans [on the federal level] acted in 2017 to roll them back,” reported the Sacramento Bee. “Newsom and legislative leaders say re-imposing the penalty at the state level will shore up the state’s health insurance marketplace and keep premiums from rising dramatically.”

One critic have warned that those who will be fined are people who don’t qualify for free health care – unlike the illegals who soon will – and who also can’t afford regular insurance.

“The free health care [for illegals] is very, very, free, with no deductibles for anything – is going to be paid for out of a new program of fines for California citizens who don’t qualify for free health care, yet can’t afford Obamacare – quite possibly due to the high cost they are paying for keeping a roof over their heads, for one,” wrote The American Thinker’s Monica Showalter.

Leftist activists had even demanded that California should fund health care for illegal alien seniors and offer earned income tax credit to low-income migrants.

Yet the costs could easily explode over time as more and more illegal immigrants keep crossing the border, Showalter warned, not to mention those who effectively game the system.

“As for the illegals, well, when you work off the books, you can pretty well claim anything as your income, so rest assured that all those who want the free health care, no matter what they earn, are going to be able to get it,” she wrote.

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