What does one do when one’s state is overwhelmed by homelessness, to the point where one of its largest cities is forced to hire a “poop patrol” to remove piles of human waste from its streets? If you’re California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Democrat-controlled state legislature, you double-down: California will become the first state in the nation to offer full health care benefits … to illegal aliens.
As part of a proposed $213 billion state budget, California will dedicate $98 million to make approximately 100,000 illegals from ages 19 to 25 eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The law would take effect in January 2020. It follows months of negotiations between Newsom and the Legislature, which faces a June 15 deadline to pass the budget. If it does, that budget will begin taking effect in July.
“California believes that health is a fundamental right,” asserted state Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Democrat from Los Angeles who led the budget negotiations. Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access, agrees. “While it’s 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,” he said.
To help pay for it, California will begin fining citizens who don’t have health insurance — as in reviving the individual mandate penalty that existed under ObamaCare. That mandate was eliminated by the Republican-controlled Congress in 2017, when they overhauled the tax code. Lawmakers insist the mandate will fund insurance-premium subsidies for middle-income Californians, but they still added another $450 million over three years to the subsidy pie, because some of those lawmakers argued the mandate alone wouldn’t make health insurance affordable.
That the individual mandate, along with the rest of ObamaCare’s anti-free-market penalties and regulations drove insurance premiums through the roof? Progressives never let basic economic realities — or their wholly owned failures — get in the way of “compassion.”