Democrats clearly care more about illegals than they do about Americans. Wonder why?
California shocked the rest of the nation by becoming the first state to extend comprehensive health insurance to all undocumented immigrants on Monday. This groundbreaking initiative is set to benefit approximately 700,000 residents within the Golden State.
In the year 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat representing California, and state legislators reached an accord to broaden the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, to encompass individuals of all immigration statuses and age groups. This decision unfolded against the backdrop of California grappling with an unprecedented budget deficit, drawing intense criticism from Republicans and conservative factions concerned that the expansion may strain the existing healthcare coverage in the state.
Financial estimates from the previous year indicate that the expansion is anticipated to incur costs of approximately $1.2 billion for the initial six months, escalating to around $3.1 billion annually. The inclusion of undocumented immigrants aged 26 to 49 marks a significant stride for California Democrats in realizing their aspiration of achieving universal healthcare within the state.
This move constitutes California’s most substantial insurance expansion since the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The initiative allowed participating states to broaden Medicaid coverage to adults residing below 138% of the federal poverty level. In preceding years, California also took steps to extend coverage to undocumented children in 2015 and undocumented adults over 50 in 2019. The current expansion addresses the final age group of undocumented adults, who, until Monday, were only eligible for emergency care services and pregnancy-related services under the state program.
Democrats and immigration advocates applaud the expansion as a mutually beneficial solution, fostering healthier communities and encouraging individuals of all immigration statuses to seek preventative care instead of resorting to emergency rooms or other costlier forms of healthcare. The office of Governor Newsom emphasized the state’s commitment to providing quality, affordable healthcare coverage to all residents, regardless of income or immigration status.
Despite these positive sentiments, critics, including California Republicans, denounce the Medi-Cal expansion as fiscally irresponsible, particularly given the state’s existing $68 billion budget deficit. The California Senate Republican Caucus expressed apprehensions in a 2022-2023 analysis, emphasizing that the coverage extension for over 700,000 undocumented immigrants could exacerbate current challenges related to provider access programs. Republican Senator Roger Niello, the vice-chairman of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, questioned the rationale behind adding to the deficit, irrespective of one’s stance on the matter.