Medicaid for Illegals
California would become the first state to provide access to its Medicaid program to all low-income residents, regardless of immigration status, under a proposal unveiled Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The plan is part of a $286.4 billion budget plan the Democrat has proposed that also includes billions of dollars in investments for the state’s wildfire response, homelessness and drought assistance.
If the plan is approved by state legislators later this year, Mr. Newsom said, all low-income Californians would qualify for the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, starting January 2024.California previously extended health coverage to children who entered the U.S. without legal authorization in 2016 and later expanded those benefits to young adults up to the age of 26. Last year, California became the first state in the nation to allow seniors aged 50 and over who aren’t citizens or legal residents to participate in the program. Once fully implemented, the Medi-Cal expansion is expected to cost about $2.2 billion a year, Mr. Newsom said. The proposed spending is possible in part due to a $45.7 billion state budget surplus that is projected for the fiscal year that begins in July, due in part to growing receipts from high-income earners who pay a large share of state income and capital-gains taxes.
Marie Waldron, leader of the State Assembly’s Republican minority, opposes the expansion because she says Medi-Cal is already failing to adequately serve the approximately 14 million people who currently use the program in a state with a population of 40 million. “Enrolling millions more into the system will do little but give people an expensive insurance card that doesn’t get them access to quality healthcare,” she said.
This is absurd but it rates to get worse. Progressives are pushing the governor for Medicare for all, a single payer system, with all literally meaning all.
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