California Expands Healthcare Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants 😷
On Sunday, a California legislative committee approved Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) plan to provide healthcare benefits to certain undocumented young adults. The plan is an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program and will provide benefits to undocumented individuals aged 19 to 25, which will be funded by California taxpayers.
Not all are pleased - and it’s not for the reason you think
While some consider this a small victory, immigration advocates remain disappointed that the deal excluded undocumented seniors. They argue that the hospital bills for these individuals will be left on the respective hospitals to bear.
The right builds a narrative of fiscal irresponsibility surrounding California’s recent decision. They highlight that the decision to provide healthcare to some illegal immigrants will cost the taxpayer an estimated$98 million per year to cover 90000 people. The right contends that the initial estimated cost will increase as more illegal immigrants will flock to California now.
The left highlights that this recent move by California pushes back against the immigration and health-care policies initiated by the Trump administration. They highlight that the plan is an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program and will only cover low-income undocumented immigrants aged 19-25. The left also points out that the program will be partially funded by tax money brought in from fines paid by Californians who forego health insurance coverage
Where's the common ground?
The only common ground relates to the details about which undocumented individuals would be covered by this new plan – even though both sides build different narratives surrounding these details.
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