California Democrats Planning To Extend Medicaid Benefits To Illegal Immigrants

Democrats in California want to give government funded healthcare to people in the United States illegally. They have tried this before but they are re-emboldened after their 2018 midterm wins, especially in California.

The Washington Examiner reports:

California Democrats plan to extend Medicaid to illegal immigrants

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A California lawmaker has pledged to re-introduce a bill that would allow adults who live in the state illegally to receive medical care paid for by the government.

State Assembly member Joaquin Arambula, a Democrat and a doctor, announced the plans Monday as the legislature convened at the state capitol, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Should the bill advance, California would become the first state to extend Medicaid coverage regardless of immigration status. State projections for last year’s bill found that 1.8 million people in California are uninsured and reside there illegally; roughly 1.2 million would qualify for Medi-Cal, the name of the state’s Medicaid program.

The legislation is being introduced ahead of a new governor entering office. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom initially had vowed to seek a single-payer healthcare system for the state, but tamped down his rhetoric later in the campaign, focusing instead on extending coverage to the uninsured. Single-payer systems refer to one source of payment for all medical services, usually the government.

Do the taxpayers in California get a say in this? They will be paying the bill.

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