[Rushtalk] California Lawmakers Propose $1 Billion Annual Health Coverage For Undocumented Immigrants - NBC Bay Area

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Mon May 14 21:10:54 MDT 2018

Better to spend it enforcing the border but democrats need mind numbed
zombees to vote for them.  Because they have so pissed off white people
that the stupid white trash liberal vote is  being lost to them.

California Lawmakers Propose $1 Billion Annual Health Coverage For
Undocumented Immigrants

Published at 11:13 AM PST on Dec 14, 2017

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California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually
spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in
the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic

The proposal would eliminate legal residency requirements in
California's Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has
already done for young people up to age 19.

It's part of $4.3 billion in new spending proposed by Assemblyman Phil
Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who leads the budget committee. Assembly
Democrats also want to expand a tax credit for the working poor, boost
preschool and child care, and increase college scholarships to reduce
reliance on student loans.

They also would commit $3.2 billion more than required to state budget

The proposal marks the Assembly's opening volley in six months of budget
negotiations with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has
been reluctant to commit to new ongoing spending on social services.

California has significantly reduced its rate of uninsured people since
former President Barack Obama's health care law took effect, but about 7
percent of residents still lack coverage. Many are people living in the
country illegally, who are ineligible for U.S.-funded health care

While federal funds cover at least half — and as much 95 percent — of
the cost for citizens and legal U.S. residents on Medi-Cal, the state
would have to pick up the cost on its own for people living here

Expanding access to health care has been a contentious issue for
California lawmakers, who targeted last year by protests from liberal
activists who want the Legislature to provide state-funded coverage to
everyone, regardless of immigration status.

A measure promoting that principle was sidelined when Assembly Speaker
Anthony Rendon said it lacked specifics, including a plan for the $400
billion it would cost.

The Assembly's latest proposal is narrower, only extending the state
Medicaid program to all low-income adults.

Brown, who is often more conservative in his own revenue forecast, will
release his budget proposal next month.

H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the Department of Finance, said Brown wants
to boost state reserves and avoid committing to unsustainable spending.

"We want to be able to provide as much budgetary protection as we can to
protect or insulate the state from the potential effects of a downturn
in the state's fiscal fortunes," Palmer said.

Ting, the head of the Assembly budget committee, said lawmakers were
exploring ways to restructure the state tax code if Congress approves a
proposed U.S. tax overhaul. California leaders have warned that the
measure could harm taxpayers by restricting a federal deduction for
state and local taxes, which is especially lucrative in high-tax states
like California.

"I'm very concerned that this tax cut is a tax increase for middle-class
and working-class Californians," Ting said. "So we are looking at ways
that we can help mitigate that."

Copyright Associated Press



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