Illegals Soon Eligible for Obamacare in CA
California is moving towards eliminating any distinction between illegal immigrants and legal citizens. The latest move comes from the California Senate, where it was voted Tuesday to allow illegals to buy health insurance under Obamacare. If it passes the Assembly – and is signed by Governor Jerry Brown – it would be the first law in the country permitting illegals to buy insurance on a state exchange.
According to the bill’s author, Democrat State Senator Ricardo Lara, the bill will not provide subsidies for illegal immigrants. They will have to buy the coverage at full price, regardless of their income level. Nonetheless, Lara said the bill would have a huge impact on expanding health care. “Today’s vote is a transformational and decisive step forward on the path to achieving health for all,” he said in a statement.
Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform doesn’t see it that way. “It’s just one additional step,” he said, “that the California legislature is trying to take to eliminate any legal distinction between illegal aliens and legal residents of California.”
In addition to opening up the health care exchanges, the bill would let illegal aliens under the age of 19 to enroll in Medi-Cal, the California insurance program intended for the poor. Estimates on how much it would cost to take these measures vary widely, partly because the state of Obama’s executive orders on immigration is still an open question. Depending on what happens in the case against those orders, California taxpayers could be on the hook for a price tag ranging from $170 to $740 million a year.
California has been beset with hard times lately, but mother nature is not the only beast the state is struggling against. Illegal immigrants have worsened the water shortages, contributed to traffic snarls, increased the crime burden, and made life a little bit more difficult for legal residents. And every step California Democrats take towards making their state more hospitable to illegal immigrants is another step towards their own demise.
But Democrats aren’t trying to improve California. They are trying to create a permanent underclass that will always have to depend on a handout to survive. They’ve been successful with other minorities, but illegal immigrants are their golden ticket to electoral dominance. As long as we keep people flooding across the border, Democrats will never have to worry about welfare going out of style. We could hit an economic boom, after all. We could see Democratic voters gain financial independence and leave the party. Can’t have that. The party knows that with independence comes conservatism. By catering to illegals, they ensure their own survival.
Unfortunately, states like California must pay the price for this strategy. And, eventually, so will the rest of us.