Tax paying Californians are once again being exploited and abused by the state of California after Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens presents a bill proposing to give health care to illegal immigrants. Lara’s Senate Bill 974 passed the Senate health committee and its companion Assembly Bill 2965 – being presented by Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, is set to clear the Assembly’s health committee this week.
Buried in the heated statewide debate over sanctuary protections for illegal aliens and single-payer health care, a pair of health care bills advancing again in the Legislature would grant health care to more than a million illegals living in California illegally.
This comes on the tail of House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), blocked the Caring for our Veterans Act, which would have provided funding for the VA. Those people that have sacrificed much for this nation and her people, defended her against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, now must suffer without basic care and desperately needed reforms so the leftist progressives can provide taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens whose very presence in this country breaks our laws. Yet many of California’s leadership are defending this decision.
Lara wrote the bill states “California has never waited for the federal government … to be able to take leadership on a whole host of issues.” The bill proposes to expand Medicaid and cover all adults and children regardless of immigration status.
The bill would expand Medicaid, which covers children regardless of immigration status, to cover adult illegal immigrants as well. It proposes to increase Medi-Cal costs to the state of $500 million to $900 million a year in a state that has already seen significant and burdensome tax increases and the taxpaying populace is fleeing in droves. Meanwhile, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) remains the highest paid governor in the nation.
Republican congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr. is expressing his extreme displeasure at the way Brown is running the state of California, stating Brown is running the state “into the sewer.” Sabato states – “I completely disagree with the way Jerry Brown has been running this state. He’s running it into the water, into the sewer.”
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Sabato states the bill is “completely unconstitutional” and said California “will look like Venezuela” if it passes. He calls Brown a socialist and implores Californians to think of the future of California, rather than continue to vote for “free stuff.” Sabato is challenging U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D) in Ventura County in the current upcoming election.
Sabato is a former soap opera star and a native of Rome and he expresses his worry over the continued socialization of the state of California and its future sustainability. He states – “We can’t keep socializing the state. We’ve got to help the American people. We’ve got to put them first, not illegals who are coming here and using our country.”
He contends that the state already pays for health care for illegal aliens through emergency room visits by uninsured individuals which is far more expensive.
Politico reports of the bill:
“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.
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.”
Meanwhile, our veterans struggle to get even the most basic of care. The VA Choice Program would allow eligible veterans to seek medical services from community health providers rather than the waiting for a VA appointment to become available or having to travel long distances to seek the attention they need. Except Democrats believe there is a problem with taxpayer dollars going to private medical facilities who treat VA Choice members. Yet they would rather give those tax dollars to illegals for their care instead?
It is currently estimated that roughly 2.8 million Californians remain uninsured, and more than half – 1.8 million people – are illegal aliens. Of that population, up to 1.3 million are believed to have incomes low enough to qualify for Medi-Cal.
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