We have covered Los Angeles’ explosive homeless problem, their desire to allow illegal immigrants to vote, carry drivers’ licenses, and now they are one step closer to paying for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits.
“Under an agreement between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget” Fox News reports.
The Sacramento Bee says lawmakers released a deal late Sunday fulfilling many objectives Governor Newsom put forward six months ago. According to the Bee, “Lawmakers want to use an ‘extraordinary’ state budget surplus to expand health care options for undocumented people while stockpiling billions of dollars I reserves in anticipation of an economic downturn, according to documents the Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee released.”
The budget agreement needs to be approved by the full state legislature in a vote later this week as lawmakers must enact a budget by midnight on June 15. “State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year” according to Foxnews.com.
Anthony Wright, the executive director of the advocacy group Health Access said: “While it’ not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle-income families who don’t get any help under the federal law.”
And the kicker? The bill pays a little homage to the Obama era: “To pay for part of it, the state agreed to start taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual-mandate penalty that had been on the books nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2-17 overhaul to the tax code.”