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California to be first state to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants

California to be first state to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants

Postby smix » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:42 am

California to be first state to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants
BBC News

URL: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48585037
Category: Politics
Published: June 10, 2019

Description: California is poised to become the first US state to offer government-provided healthcare to some immigrants who are in the country illegally. State Democrats agreed on Sunday that adults between the ages of 19 to 25 should have access to Medi-Cal, the state's low-income insurance programme. The measure must still be approved by the full legislature and be signed by the state's Democratic governor. The $98m (£77m) plan aims to provide coverage to 100,000 people. To help pay for the plan, which is part of the latest state budget, lawmakers have proposed taxing people who do not have health insurance. The penalty is similar to the so-called "individual mandate" which had been federal law after the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare, until Republicans in Congress eliminated it in 2017. Health coverage under the budget plan will not be provided to all immigrants - and only to those that qualify under the state's version of Medicaid - the federal low income health programme that was expanded under President Obama. "California believes that health is a fundamental right," said Los Angeles Democratic Senator Holly Mitchell, who led the budget negotiations. The budget comes after Democratic lawmakers, who dominate the state capitol, scrapped a proposal to provide Medi-Cal coverage to adults over 65 years old. The expansion of coverage to the elderly was opposed by Governor Gavin Newsom who noted that the plan would cost $3.4bn. Republicans have decried the budget initiative as a tax on American residents for not having insurance in order to provide healthcare to those in the country illegally. The $213bn budget deal, which Governor Newsom expressed support for in a statement on Sunday night, covers the new fiscal year that begins 1 July. State lawmaker have until 15 June to pass the budget, or risk losing their pay.
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California to Provide Full Health Benefits to Illegal Immigrants under Age 26

Postby smix » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:02 am

California to Provide Full Health Benefits to Illegal Immigrants under Age 26
National Review

URL: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/cal ... er-age-26/
Category: Politics
Published: June 10, 2019

Description: California governor Gavin Newsom has finalized a deal with the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature to provide full health benefits to low-income illegal immigrants under the age of 26. Newsom’s office released an outline of the state’s 2020 budget Sunday night that calls for $98 million in new annual spending to make some 90,000 previously uninsured illegal immigrants eligible for the state’s Medicaid program, according to the Sacramento Bee. The new spending will be offset by a fine on uninsured Californians similar to the “individual mandate” imposed at the federal level under Obamacare and subsequently reversed by the Trump administration. Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, celebrated the expansion of health benefits for younger illegal immigrants but lamented the exclusion of elderly illegal immigrants. “For California’s immigrant communities, today’s budget deal is bittersweet,” Buiza said in a statement. “The exclusion of undocumented elders from the same health care 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.” The provision of health care to young illegal immigrants represents a compromise between Newsom and Democrats in the legislature who have long demanded that the budget include funds to provide benefits to all California residents regardless of immigration status. The budget, which must still pass a final vote in the legislature in the coming weeks, includes a total $213 billion in annual spending, which California Democrats believe they are well-positioned to cover considering this year’s budget surplus. “The budget agreement we’re finalizing tonight builds on the strong budget proposal of the governor, while adding significant legislative priorities,” said Democratic state senator Holly Mitchell, who leads the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. “The budget agreement maintains our agreement to responsible budgeting, which includes the largest reserves in history — over $20 billion — finally paying off the remaining wall of debt from the Great Recession and making supplemental pension payments.” Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s illegal immigrants reside in California and that number is rising as record numbers of asylum-seekers continue to arrive at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego each day. In 2018, half of all births in California were paid for by the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, and 30 percent of those babies were born to mothers in the country illegally.
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California Lawmakers Plan to Give Health Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

Postby smix » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:17 am

California Lawmakers Plan to Give Health Benefits to Illegal Immigrants
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019 ... mmigrants/
Category: Politics
Published: June 10, 2019

Description: Democrat state lawmakers in progressive California have agreed to a plan that would extend health benefits to qualifying illegal immigrants residing in the state. The legislature has a June 15 deadline and is expected to approve the deal in the coming days. It essentially extends eligibility to California’s Medicaid program to young low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. The move is part of a broader budget plan, which clocks in around $213 billion. Expanding California’s Medicaid program to low-income illegals would cost the state about $98 million per year. According to the Associated Press, roughly 90,000 will qualify. “California believes that health is a fundamental right,” State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D) said, according to the news outlet. A number of Democrat state lawmakers wanted to take it a step further, offering coverage for all illegals in the state, but Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected the proposal, citing rising costs. The agreement also includes assistance for middle-income families. A family of four making $150,000 could qualify for a $100 a month subsidy from the government to help cover the cost of their insurance premium. Democrats in the state plan to pay for the handouts, in part, by taxing those who do not have health insurance. This is, in essence, another version of Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty, which the Supreme Court upheld as a tax in a critical ruling in 2012. However, it has remained a point of contention in lower courts. Republicans in Congress worked with President Trump to scrap what they deemed to be the unconstitutional penalty in 2017. California lawmakers say these moves are all part of the state’s wide-ranging effort to get everyone in the state – including those residing there unlawfully – covered. This comes at the time of a severe homelessness crisis in the state, particularly in Los Angeles County.

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The number of homeless individuals on the streets of Los Angeles has skyrocketed during the last year. As Breitbart News reported: The newly released data revealed that nearly three-fourths of the homeless population, which includes 58,936 people, are sleeping in cars, tents, and other make-do shelters. Released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to the Board of Supervisors, the data found that the majority of homeless people were residing in the city of Los Angeles, which saw an increase of 16 percent to 36,300. About 3,800 are estimated to be veterans. San Francisco’s homeless population has also experienced a spike, rising 17 percent in the last two years.
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Ingraham: Why are we helping illegal immigrants when we can't help ourselves?

Postby smix » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:19 am

Ingraham: Why are we helping illegal immigrants when we can't help ourselves?
Fox News

URL: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ingrah ... -ourselves
Category: Politics
Published: June 11, 2019

Description: Fox News' Laura Ingraham addressed politicians who are putting America's health and well-being "at risk," specifically the government of California. "Over the weekend, we learned that California has gone from sanctuary state for dreamers to just being a sucker state for Americans. They just announced state budget deal will now give health care benefits to many adult illegals too. Those between the ages of 19 and 25 will now be eligible for California's 'Medicaid' program known as 'Medi-Cal,'" Ingraham said Monday night on "The Ingraham Angle." Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25, but the state Assembly’s bill would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion. The state Senate, meanwhile, wants to cover adults ages 19 to 25, plus seniors 65 and older. Ingraham argued California is ignoring their homeless problem and homeless vets and instead helping in favor of illegal immigrants. "Think those homeless people including homeless vets might be able to use that money?" Ingraham said. Ingraham also pointed out that Californians will tax citizens who don't have health insurance, essentially reviving the penalty part of the Affordable Care Act. "How they're going to pay for this by the way, by taxing citizens who don't have health insurance. In other words, reviving the penalty of Obamacare," Ingraham said. The Fox News host also brought up the 500 migrants from African nations -- including the Republic of Congo -- that have been apprehended in Texas, at the Del Rio Border Patrol sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, since May 30, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The African migrants were recently sent to San Antonio, Texas while eastern Congo is experiencing an Ebola outbreak with over 2,000 cases reported. Ingraham raised concerns for the health of San Antonio citizens. "One wonders where is the concern for the health of the San Antonio citizenry? Frankly citizens across the United States. Who's going to translate their concerns to federal officials? And why is no one questioning the pressure that this will place on communities across the country that are now obligated to house, educate, and feed people from other continents when we seem incapable in some cases of caring for our own citizens," Ingraham said.
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What's the matter with California?

Postby smix » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:35 am

What's the matter with California?
Washington Examiner

URL: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opin ... california
Category: Politics
Published: June 11, 2019

Description: California wants to look after its people, so it keeps expanding its social safety net. It also wants to welcome all comers and so embraces illegal immigrants and protects them in sanctuary cities. To see how this is working out, visit Skid Row in L.A. or neighborhoods in San Francisco or elsewhere where homeless camps are spreading. Caring for all Californians is made harder by the state importing as many non-Americans as possible. It's almost incredible, but also entirely characteristic, that California lawmakers have now decided to give healthcare free to nearly 100,000 illegal immigrants aged 19 to 25. California has covered illegal immigrant children since 2016 under MediCal, the state’s version of Medicaid, at a cost of some $360 million. Now Gov. Gavin Newsom has agreed with state lawmakers to add another $98 million to California's spending by expanding coverage to young adults. Just as California lacks enough homes to house its inhabitants, so it also lacks enough doctors to care for them. The additional budget bloat on healthcare will worsen that shortage. The promise of unlimited free stuff from the government isn't just an unfunded liability. It’s also a magnet for illegal immigration. California already faces a border catastrophe. In the past year, its San Diego and El Centro border sectors have seen respective increases of 611% and 345% in family unit apprehensions. MediCal expansion creates incentives that will make that problem much worse. If the damage were confined to California, one might be tempted to shrug and suggest that Californians choose themselves a better government. But the problem will spill over to the rest of the country, and to Americans who did not elect the irresponsible Sacramento government. Border enforcement is mostly a federal responsibility, and we will all have to live with and deal with the consequences of an influx of illegal immigrants and a further strain on detention facilities' ability to cope. When California raises taxes to pay for foreigners' healthcare, it weighs down on the federal budget because state and local taxes are partly deductible from federal income taxes. The rest of the country must subsidize more than $100 billion of spending by the Utopians in Sacramento. When the Golden State's finances deteriorate, watch for Sacramento to beg for a bailout. Even before then, the rest of America must foot the bill for California’s overstuffed classrooms, decaying infrastructure, and everything else funded federally. The California dream of taking care of everyone's needs is undermined by the California dream of open borders. State lawmakers were forced to choose between them, and they chose open borders. One must hope that one day the state's voters choose different lawmakers.
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