Last weekend, lawmakers in California released a final draft of the state’s 2020 budget that would provide full health care benefits to illegal aliens and cost taxpayers almost $100 million each year.
An agreement that would make California the very first state in the country to afford full health care benefits to tens of thousands of illegal aliens was reached between Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom and fellow Democrats in the state legislature.
As a part of the state’s massive $213 billion budget, all low-income illegal aliens under 26 years-old will be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, according to a report by The Sacramento Bee. Around 90,000 new individuals will qualify for the program under the new agreement that has an estimated annual cost of $98 million.
To help ease the financial burden incurred by the state as a result of this new program, California plans to institute an individual-mandate penalty that would tax residents who don’t have health insurance.
The individual-mandate penalty was initially implemented nationwide under the Obama administration to help fund the ObamaCare – also known as the Affordable Care Act – but was reversed by Republicans in 2017.
Democrats in California argue that imposing an individual mandate fine on its residents will prevent premiums from getting too high.
Democratic Senator Holly Mitchel, the head of the joint legislative budget committee, said, “The budget agreement we’re finalizing tonight builds on the strong budget proposal of the governor while adding significant legislative priorities… The budget agreement maintains our agreement to responsible budgeting, which includes the largest reserves in history — over $20 billion — finally paying off the remaining wall of debt from the Great Recession and making supplemental pension payments.”
A budget must be enacted by the state’s legislature before June 16th, and a final vote is anticipated to occur before the deadline. Currently, the Democrats hold a supermajority in both the House and Senate, so the bill is expected to pass.
After it’s passed the law will go into effect January 1st of 2020.