Need healthcare? Not a citizen? No problem! Just move to California.
That’s essentially the message from Gov. Newsom after the move to extend Medi-Cal benefits to anyone over the age of 50 regardless of their immigration status.
As reported by the Sacramento Bee (Sac Bee), the new policy change was instituted on May 1, and will provide full coverage to over 185,000 people in the state.
We’ll leave the debate about Medi-Cal extending coverage to state residents to the healthcare policy experts.
What’s not debatable is the incredible cost of extending this coverage to non-citizens residing in the state.
The Sac Bee report claims the May 1st expansion will cost the state $1.3 billion per year. The breakdown of the cost attributed to illegal aliens versus state residents is not clear.
Newsom wants coverage for a greater number of illegal aliens and has a plan for this in the near future.
“In January, Newsom proposed expanding Medi-Cal coverage to all low-income undocumented adults, beginning in January 2024, to the annual cost of $2.7 billion.”
The program’s launch in the 2023-24 fiscal year is expected to cost $819.3 million.”
That’s a lot of money.
This has long been the plan for many of California’s political leaders.
This is similar to a push from last year that we blogged on, where the state wanted to extend healthcare benefits to those 60+ regardless of immigration status.
Our state resources, however they are used, should be directed toward the benefit of the taxpayers and legal residents of our state.
On top of that, with an ever growing border crisis and California’s population already beyond capacity, why in the world would you create another incentive for illegal immigrants to come here?
This is a recipe for disaster and will continue to contribute to overpopulation and the degradation of our state resources at every level.