CA Politician Wants to Give Illegals Same Healthcare Benefits as Citizens

I’m going to be blunt right up front and say that I don’t believe that any illegal aliens deserve any benefits here in the US at taxpayer expense other than a swift trip back to their home country. So every time I hear about another liberal anti-American Democrat who strives to give illegals benefits of any kind, but especially better benefits that you and I get, I get pretty worked up and it’s happened again.

California is not only the land fruits, flakes and nuts, it’s also home to some of the worst politicians in the entire country. Just consider the fact that Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters Harvey Milk and Ferry Brown to name just a very few. All of them completely abandoned the foundational principles that established our nation and made it great.

Now I would like to add the name of Ricardo Lara to the list of liberal anti-American California politicians. Lara is a Democratic state senator in the California legislature who just introduced Senate Bill 4. According to California Legislative Information, SB 4 states:

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SB 4, as amended, Lara. Health care coverage: immigration status.

Existing law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange that facilitates the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers, and meets certain other requirements. PPACA specifies that an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States shall not be treated as a qualified individual and may not be covered under a qualified health plan offered through an exchange. Existing law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange for the purpose of facilitating the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA.

This bill would require the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for a waiver to allow individuals who are not eligible to obtain health coverage because of their immigration status to obtain coverage from the California Health Benefit Exchange. The bill would require, after that waiver has been granted, the California Health Benefit Exchange to offer California qualified health benefit plans, as specified, to these individuals. The bill would require that individuals eligible to purchase California qualified health plans pay the cost of coverage without federal assistance.

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals under 19 years of age who do not have, or are unable to establish, satisfactory immigration status, commencing after the Director of Health Care Services determines that systems have been programmed for implementation of this extension, but in no case sooner than May 1, 2016. Existing law requires these individuals to enroll in a Medi-Cal managed care health plan in those counties in which a Medi-Cal managed care health plan is available.

This bill would require individuals under 19 years of age enrolled in restricted-scope Medi-Cal at the time the director makes the above-described determination to be transitioned to full-scope Medi-Cal within 30 days of that determination. The bill would also require that an individual who is eligible pursuant to these provisions enroll in a Medi-Cal managed care health plan if the individual would otherwise have been required to enroll in that plan.”

Federation for American Immigration Reform is an organization that wants to see limits and restrictions on immigration. Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the group commented about SB 4, saying:

“It’s just one additional step that the California Legislature is trying to take to eliminate any legal distinction between illegal aliens and legal residents of California.”

So how many illegals are they talking about in California that will receive the same healthcare benefits that citizens receive?

Since California started allowing illegals to obtain valid state driver’s licenses, over 400,000 of them have applied so far. If just that 400,000 take advantage of SB 4 if it becomes law, many believe that Cal MediConnect would be inundated with applications for the waivered healthcare.

However, Sen. Lara has mentioned that over one million illegals in California don’t have access to healthcare coverage and that under his bill they could all apply. If 400,000 illegals applying for waivered coverage would bury the system with applications, imagine what one million applications would do.

But it doesn’t end there. Back in 2012 it was reported that 7% of California’s population is in the country illegally meaning that the number of illegals that could apply for waivered healthcare status is around 2.6 million. That’s over six times the number which was described as flooding the system.

Part of Lara’s reasoning for extending the coverage to illegals is because back in 2012 it was reported that illegals cost the state over $600 million in emergency rooms and other medical services. I think that is an outrage, especially for a state that is billions of dollars in debt.

Why do states and hospitals have to provide free medical care to illegals when American citizens don’t have free healthcare? Friends and family back in Arizona have told me that many smaller rural hospitals and urgent care centers in the southern part of the state have closed their doors because they could no longer afford to operate because of the free care the federal government forces them to give to illegals. This has left US citizens living in the area without the emergency facilities they rely on, forcing them to travel many miles to larger towns that do have hospitals or urgent care facilities open.

Which just made me wonder why would illegals in California bother to apply for healthcare coverage when they can continue to get most of the medical needs provided free of cost? Makes one wonder if this is really about healthcare or creating another step to citizenship for millions of illegals who don’t deserve citizenship unless they do it legally.

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