A new $222 billion state budget was proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week, which calls for$80.5 million to extend health care coverage to 27,000 illegal immigrant seniors.
“As if this state doesn’t bend over backwards enough for illegals, as if California taxpayers aren’t burdened enough by these big government programs, as if we don’t have enough problems, including a homelessness epidemic – now this,” Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren. “It wasn’t enough to offer health care to all illegals under 26. Now, this ridiculous state is planning to expand that coverage to illegals 65 and older, aka a very expensive group to insure,” Lahren said.
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The state of California has been adding “different groups of illegal immigrants in the state to the rolls of its state-run health care program.” State Sen. Patricia Bates says extending coverage would exacerbate long wait times and doctor shortages.
According to LA Times, even though Medi-Cal is funded by both federal and state money, “the cost of expanding coverage to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally falls solely to California because the Affordable Care Act prohibits the use of federal dollars for covering such immigrants.”