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California state senator proposes extending government health care to illegals

Ricardo Lara

Ricardo Lara

Who else but a Democrat and where else but in California would a lawmaker have the absolute chutzpah to suggest that the Affordable Care Act (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) be extended to cover people in the country illegally?

Cal Coast News reports that Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara said he plans to introduce a bill in the state legislature that would provide Obamacare-type health insurance to illegal immigrants. Lara said that immigration status should be irrelevant if the goal of the federal law is to provide coverage for the uninsured.

Immigration status shouldn’t bar individuals from health coverage, especially since their taxes contribute to the growth of our economy.

But the fact of the matter is that not all illegal immigrants pay taxes. According to a report by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, illegals earning income in California, Lara’s state, are delinquent to the tune of more than $327 million in state and local taxes alone.

The framework on which Lara and his backers would like to build their law already exists, in Covered California, the state exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. Currently, federal law prohibits individuals who enter the country illegally from obtaining coverage through the exchange.

Lara and his group are also open to alternatives, such as expanding Medi-Cal coverage.

A Republican assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate, Tim Donnelly, accused Lara of trading on the plight of people ineligible to receive health benefits:

California cannot afford to create another incentive to attract people to come to our state illegally in pursuit of taxpayer-subsidized benefits.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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  • Robert L. Rice

    Gee,does ANYONE believe that California has so much money that they can give free health care to illegals?? California keeps raising taxes,a lot of people are out of work there,and the morons keep giving,giving,and giving,,GEE,whats wrong with that picture???

  • junkmailbin

    wonderful, we have a hispanic male who is as big of a dumb arse as.sheila jackson lee. we have more morons in politics in california thanimaginable

  • tom s

    perhaps his plan could be expanded and we could just pay for healthcare for everyone in mexico, and then just extend the social-security plan and just give those benefits to everyone in mexico also. That way those people wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of illegally jumping our borders to get that “free” stuff?? Then after that got off the ground we could just extend that to those people from central america and then south america. Where would we get the money? Why, we could just borrow the money from china…. and when china wanted repayment we could just give them california.

  • kenistaz

    This is absurd what the hell is this moron trying to do to us.Ten dollars to a doughnut this guy is trying to get coverage for his illegal relatives paid for by the obamacrap oops I mean the ACA so he doesn’t have to pay their medical bills as he’s hiding them out in his basement.Maybe when he is up for reelection we can elect someone who wants to help American citizens first before a bunch of illegal yea thats right I said ILLLEGAL not undocumented workers.