Is California discriminating?
How do you value someone? One way is to give them more than others. How do you say you don’t value someone? You give them less than others, or better yet charge them for the same services you’re giving away to others.
For American citizens the single largest benefit in the Untied States is healthcare. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has supported a bill that, if approved by the Democratic super majority, will soon provide undocumented immigrants access to free Medi-Cal, the State’s low-income healthcare insurance program. The same government refused the to provide Medi-Cal coverage to adults over 65 because helping its own senior citizens would be, according to Governor Gavin Newsom, “too costly.” That expansion was projected to cost $3.4 billion.
Under the bill, there are several conditions to qualify for free healthcare in California:
- You must have “undocumented” status;
- Live or reside in California;
- Be between the ages of 19 and 25; and
- Qualify as low income.
The free healthcare for undocumented immigrants is scheduled to start in January 2020.
The Republican minority attacked the plan because it funds the expansion of healthcare to people in the country illegally by taxing citizens who who don’t have insurance. This is a California version of Obamacare, also know as The Affordable Care Act (ACA), that was provided nationwide. Since it’s passage Congress removed the individual mandate (and the required penalty payments) in the 2017 tax overhaul.
As to why California Democrats selected the 19-25 year-old age group for their initial offering, our best estimates is that this is the most desirable group statistically, being highly mobile, highly employable and with some of the lowest health care needs or costs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or nicknamed Obamacare
It’s not hard to feel California is discriminating by giving preferential treatment to a young class of illegals before providing for their own citizens. It may also be age discrimination, refusing to cover California seniors because they are too costly and have the highest need for healthcare services. This is also the group, statistically, who has paid more taxes over the longest amount of time. The class of young illegals California wants to cover have likely paid the least amount in taxes.
The $98m plan aims to provide coverage to 100,000 people.