Honestly, “free healthcare” would not even be a big deal in a normal country. What would it entail? An annual dentist visit and an occasional round of antibiotics, then protection in the case of an unfortunate accident?
No one should support “free healthcare” just on principle, but the reality is, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
It’s a big deal because America is not a normal country, it is a fat country. And Mexicans are some of the fattest of all.
California became the first state on Monday to offer comprehensive health insurance to all undocumented immigrants, a plan expected to expand to roughly 700,000 residents living in the Golden State.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) and state lawmakers agreed in 2022 to expand the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, to include people of all immigration statuses and ages. But it also comes when the state is at a record budget deficit, sparking sharp criticism from Republicans and other conservative groups that fear the expansion will further strain California’s existing healthcare coverage.
The expansion is expected to cost the state roughly $1.2 billion for the first six months, before increasing to around $3.1 billion per year, according to estimates released last year. It will include undocumented immigrants between the ages of 26 and 49, helping put California Democrats closer to delivering on their goal to achieve universal healthcare in the state.
Why do you even need illegals if all the jobs are getting automated?
It is also California’s largest insurance expansion since President Barack Obama’s Obamacare. That plan allowed participating states to expand Medicaid coverage to adults living below 138% of the federal poverty level. California also took steps in 2015 and 2019 to expand coverage further to undocumented children and undocumented adults over 50, respectively. The current step addresses the last age group of undocumented adults, who, until Monday, only had access to emergency care services and pregnancy-related services under the state program.
The new expansion has been hailed by Democrats and immigration advocates as a win-win solution that can help keep communities healthier and incentivize people of all immigration statuses to seek out preventive care options, instead of turning to emergency rooms or other forms of healthcare that can often be more expensive in the long run.
“In California, we believe everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage — regardless of income or immigration status,” Newsom’s office told ABC News in a statement.“Through this expansion, we’re making sure families and communities across California are healthier, stronger, and able to get the care they need when they need it.”
Aside from being a fat country, socialized medicine is also ridiculous because of the way the US government allows pharma companies to operate.
But I digress.