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.
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.