CA Lawmakers Propose Bill: Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

Some days I think, “California is seriously misguided but they have potential and we can save them…” and then days like today I think, “Heck no, build the wall along their border too!”

The disgustingly liberal state not only harbors illegal immigrants, AKA criminals, within their “sanctuary cities” but now the lawmakers are pushing a bill that will allow a $1 billion annual budget to provide illegal immigrants with healthcare.

Healthcare is not a constitutional right, people! We are not even giving American citizens treatment like that.  These people are NOT even citizens yet they may get free healthcare on the taxpayers’ dollar.

If there is even a single American veteran or child on the streets, there should be absolutely no talk of amnesty or healthcare for illegal immigrants.

Why on earth is our government even slightly considering the notion of rewarding criminals???

A local San Francisco news media reports:

The proposal would eliminate legal residency requirements in California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has already done for young people up to age 19.

It’s part of $4.3 billion in new spending proposed by Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who leads the budget committee. Assembly Democrats also want to expand a tax credit for the working poor, boost preschool and child care, and increase college scholarships to reduce reliance on student loans.

They also would commit $3.2 billion more than required to state budget reserves.

Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer claims that California Governor Jerry Brown wants to avoid the commitment of “unsustainable spending” but rather wants to boost the state reserves instead.

Palmer added, “We want to be able to provide as much budgetary protection as we can to protect or insulate the state from the potential effects of a downturn in the state’s fiscal fortune.”

The proposal marks the Assembly’s opening volley in six months of budget negotiations with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been reluctant to commit to new ongoing spending on social services.

California has significantly reduced its rate of uninsured people since former President Barack Obama’s health care law took effect, but about 7 percent of residents still lack coverage. Many are people living in the country illegally, who are ineligible for U.S.-funded health care assistance.

While federal funds cover at least half — and as much 95 percent — of the cost for citizens and legal U.S. residents on Medi-Cal, the state would have to pick up the cost on its own for people living here illegally.

Ting, who is also the head of the Assembly budget committee, claims that if Congress does approve the proposed tax overhaul, then taxpayers could be harmed by ‘restricting a federal deduction for state and local taxes.’

“I’m very concerned that this tax cut is a tax increase for middle-class and working-class Californians,” Ting concluded, “So we are looking at ways that we can help mitigate that.”

We do not have the luxury of demanding another person’s services for free. In this case, the service is care from a physician.

This goes especially true for people who are not even American citizens, benefiting from the U.S. taxpayers’ money.

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