Ventura, CA (June 17, 2019) – California lawmakers passed a budget that would extend health care coverage to illegal aliens through the state’s low-income insurance program known as Medi-Cal.
The new plan would make California the first state in the nation to extend taxpayer-subsidized health care benefits to illegal aliens. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, is expected to sign the bill.
Californians for Population Stabilization Executive Director Ric Oberlink said:
“This is an unacceptable use of taxpayer dollars. California had the highest poverty rate in the country last year. We have homeless veterans who aren’t receiving care, but California once again prioritizes illegal aliens over American citizens. California has become a magnet for illegal immigration, and extending these taxpayer-subdized benefits to illegal aliens will only make the problem worse.”
“It starts in California, but these problems will be coming to other cities, counties, and states before you know it.”
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Ric Oberlink, Executive Director, CAPS
Ric Oberlink graduated from the University of Illinois—with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies—and the UC-Berkeley School of Law, where his studies included a clinical semester with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. An Army veteran and a former attorney in private practice, he has long been concerned with, and active on, the issues of population growth, mass immigration, and resource depletion. Ric served a previous stint as executive director of CAPS from 1992 to 1997 and also headed the referendum efforts of Sierrans for U.S. Population Stabilization to return the Sierra Club to its position calling for immigration limits. His op-eds have been published in various media, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Philadelphia Inquirer; he has appeared on NPR, CNN, and PBS Newshour; and he has testified before the California legislature numerous times.