California To Offer Full Medical Coverage To Illegal Aliens
Jerry Brown, don’t you think this just might increase the incentive to sneak into California? How long till they start whining about the need for more federal aid if this bill gets through?
California is already infamous for disease-ridden tent cities and along with some of the highest poverty rates in America… Now they want to give free healthcare to illegal aliens?
This proposal sets up another clash between blue-state Democrats and President Trump.
#DemocratIdiocy has no boundaries now they want to give FREE HEALTHCARE to ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS in California 1.6 billion per year already being spent on children of illegals NEW projection 3 billion they keep raising our taxes to BUY VOTES must be nice https://t.co/4XHHJIMN6c
— NIGHTTWEET (@rm2014rick) May 22, 2018
California is poised to become the first state in the nation to offer full health coverage to undocumented adults even as the Trump administration intensifies its crackdown by separating families at the border.
The proposal — which would build on Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015 decision to extend health coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status — is one of the most daring examples yet of blue-state Democrats thumbing their nose at President Donald Trump as they pursue diametrically opposed policies, whether on immigration, climate change, legalized marijuana or health care.
“California has never waited for the federal government, or for a political climate, to be able to take leadership on a whole host of issues,” state Sen. Ricardo Lara, author of the state Senate bill to extend Medicaid coverage to all adults, told POLITICO.
But at a time when Trump is already attempting to re-energize state Republican voters — he met with California conservatives at the White House last week to strategize against the state’s sanctuary policies — the initiative might be risky. For starters, it will be costly: The annual price tag to expand Medicaid benefits to poor adult immigrants without legal status is projected at $3 billion annually. Some also worry that extending health coverage could make California a magnet for undocumented immigrants from other states.
“It would give Republicans relevance in California they would never have before,” said David McCuan, a political analyst and political science professor at Sonoma State University. He suggested the proposal would energize Republican voters, who make up a quarter of the electorate, as well as conservative-leaning unaffiliated voters.
Any meaningful opposition could slow the plan’s progress through the state Legislature despite its strong backing from Democrats, providers and advocates for the poor. More