By Rick Oltman, January 15, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed that the coming state budget should provide Medicaid for 27,000 low-income illegal aliens 65 and older (in the first year alone), according to administration projections.
For illegals to get money under Newsom’s proposed budget, they would have to be Medicaid-eligible. The federal government designed the program and maintains program regulations that states are required to follow. States, in turn, are allowed to make decisions regarding eligibility and benefits within the state.
So in addition to Californians, all the taxpayers in America would be kicking in something for California’s illegal aliens.
In 2019, California became the first state to offer full health benefits to low-income illegal aliens 26 and younger. About 950,000 illegal aliens in California have received some health benefits since July 2018.
Undoubtedly the fraud in this will be massive. No California state worker is going to check to see if someone is telling the truth about their age. If they’re 26 to 46, they’ll claim to be 26. If they’re over 46, they’ll claim to be 65. Nobody is going to verify anything; it will be one giant rubber stamp.
Worse, when the word spreads at the speed of light in the digital age, everybody in the world will know that all they have to do is get to America, California specifically, and free healthcare will be waiting. And the tidal wave of illegal immigration, which has been reduced over the past three years, will begin again.
Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, a fundraiser to help finance the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, is frequently quoted by open borders fanatics who need to be reminded that it is a poem, not a policy. However, the Gavin Newsoms of the world seem to think that California, and America, would be made greater, stronger, better if we followed the last few lines.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door! [Emma Lazarus.]
The “golden door” would be the once, but no longer admired Golden State of California. Because when the illegal aliens make it into California, they can then spread out to the other states, as they did in the 1990s, when across the country, California “farm workers” displaced Americans in meat packing plants, carpet mills, the hotel-motel business, restaurants…and on and on. The damage will not be limited to California, but will impact the entire country.
Many Americans, myself included, sympathize with people in other countries who are suffering for a myriad of reasons. But the solution to easing their suffering is to help them improve their lives in their own country, not invite the whole world to America, which would destroy us and any chance of helping anyone else.
Gavin Newsom’s plan will create a California that even more citizens will flee. And the whole country will feel the negative effects if the federal government doesn’t take action to stop California’s insanity and better secure the southern border.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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