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California Health Care Giveaway

Deploying Medi-Cal to benefit foreign nationals in the United States illegally

By Lloyd Billingsley, May 28, 2019 6:50 am

Since returning from El Salvador in April, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has advanced a plan to spend $98 million on health care for illegal immigrants ages 19-26 through the state’s Medi-Cal program. Democrats in the Assembly want to spend $3.4 billion to cover all illegals over the age of 19, and Senate Democrats want to cover illegals 19-26, and even those beyond the age of 65.

Sen. Maria Elena Durazo. (Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Los Angeles Democrat Maria Elena Durazo, who supports the senate bill, told reporters that recipients of state largesse “work in our hotels, they work picking the fruit and vegetables, they work as landscapers, they work in hospitals. I don’t think they should be treated differently from other Californians.” That was not all about the plans that may have left the other Californians puzzled.

Not all Californians violated U.S. immigration laws and perpetrated document fraud and identity theft to get public benefits. Contrary to Sen. Durazo, the “other Californians,” legitimate citizens and legal immigrants, are not all eligible for Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program for “children and adults with limited income and resources.” Eligibility for Medi-Cal is  “based primarily on your income and ‘countable property,’” and those on the Federal Poverty Level Scale are urged to apply.

The Medi-Cal site says nothing about foreign nationals in the country illegally and Obamacare prohibited medical help for illegals. On that them, the other Californians might trace another recent development in their state. 

As the Sacramento Bee reports, the automatic voter registration program known as “motor voter,” through the Department of Motor Vehicles, “last year raced to the finish line even though they acknowledged they should have slowed down.” DMV officials are “still answering for 105,000 voter registration errors that occurred in the early months of Motor Voter.”

The DMV requested a July 2, 2018 launch date but Secretary of State Alex Padilla “pushed for Motor Voter to be rolled out ahead of the June primaries to boost turnout for a high-interest midterm election.” At Padilla’s request, the DMV launched Motor Voter on April 16, 2018, and he speeded up the process “for the purposes of enfranchising as many Californians as possible in time for an upcoming election.”

The DMV has not revealed exactly how many foreign nationals in the USA illegally it registered to vote. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has not revealed how many of the illegals actually voted in the 2018 midterms.  After the 2016 election, Padilla refused to cooperate with a federal probe of voter fraud, which he called a “false and debunked” claim. Likewise, Padilla has made no effort to quantify the number of false-documented illegals now living in California.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the number is between 2.35 and 2.6 million. These numbers are based on the figure of 11 million illegals nationally. A recent MIT and Yale study puts the number at 22 million, so a figure of 6 million in California is plausible.

It remains unclear how the state will fund any of the three programs to provide health care for foreign nationals in the United States illegally, including those older than 65. The state has a projected surplus of more than $21 billion but also faces $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities alone.

Senator Durazo, Gov. Newsom and others announced no plan to bill Mexico, El Salvador or any other nation for health care American taxpayers provide to their citizens. By all indications, the costs will be born by those Sen. Durazo described as “other Californians,” most of whom are themselves ineligible for Medi-Cal services.

Meanwhile, when they entered the country legally, the other Californians had to demonstrate that they could speak English and certify that they would not become a public charge.

Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Sexual Terrorist, about the Golden State Killer, and A Shut and Open Case, about a California murder trial prolonged by Proposition 57 and recent legislation. Lloyd is a fellow with the Independent Institute and his work has appeared in the Daily Caller, City Journal, Orange County Register, Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield is a collection of his journalism.
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2 thoughts on “California Health Care Giveaway

  1. I can only hope that other readers are as infuriated by this destructive push from Newsom and these arrogant, delusional legislators as I am.

  2. Ok. Just spend two weeks picking strawberries and trying to provide for your family on that income. Then decide whether these workers are humans and deserve Medicaid.
    Or if you’d rather that these workers disappear:
    our produce rot on the fields,
    our fast food be twice as expensive,
    our restaurant meals $5-10 more.

    All Californians *each day* spend much less because we indirectly benefit from the exploitation of illegals.

    If they get Medicare, they simply work better. And, selfishly, so legal Californians don’t wind up wit e-coli or measles outbreaks taking hold on their communities because they don’t have access to health care like vaccinations.

    You can’t have it both ways. Either we pay the price of these illegals not being here, or we recognize that they are an integral part of our economy, and treat them as human beings. And to me that includes health care.

    Which do you want?

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