Apparently, no one in Sacramento has ever balanced a checkbook.
The legislature of the state of California, not known for frugality by any means, has now formally added to its own debt burden by putting in their budget funding to go the socialist route on healthcare for illegal aliens.
They intend to pay the full freight on healthcare for “tens of thousands” of the squatters, and the line item budget is higher than the Pentagon’s.
Under an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget.
The plan would take effect in January 2020, the Sacramento Bee reported.
State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year.
“While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle-income families who don’t get any help under the federal law,” Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access, said. Indeed, a family of four earning as much as six times the federal poverty level — or more than $150,000 a year — would be eligible to get about $100 a month from the government to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums.
And how does the state plan to pay for this? They seriously are going to go the Obamacare route and tax the people who are uninsured. (Of course, what the state legislators in California fail to appreciate is that unlike Obamacare which was nationwide, citizens who actually work can just move to another state. What would Professor Gruber of “the stupidity of the American voter” have to say to that?)
Painful as it might be, the writing is starting to appear on the wall for California. Not only have typhus, and typhoid fever returned to Los Angeles, but if young illegals get either disease, the rest of the people out there are on the hook for trying to get them well again.