We might as well call California the Sanctuary State. The state has the largest number of illegals in the country – with over 6% of the population being illegal. The Golden State houses nearly 25% of the illegal population – which believe it or not, is an improvement since the 1990s.
With 35 sanctuary cities in their state, and their close proximity to the border, it’s not hard to see why.
As if the problem wasn’t bad enough, they’re giving illegals a new reason to move to the State: even more handouts.
The Affordable Care Act technically bars illegal immigrants from being “eligible to buy Marketplace health coverage, or for premium tax credits and other savings on Marketplace plans,” but lawmakers in the Golden State are looking to take advantage of what some say is a “loophole” in the law.
[A] provision in the law called the “innovation waiver” allows states like California to change portions of the law as long as the state makes coverage available to more people and as long as the federal government doesn’t get stuck footing the bill. […]
Luckily for the rest of the country, the costs of this will be footed entirely by California. That surely doesn’t help California, which is already seeing a mass exodus from their state. It’s good for us that most of them move to Red States.
The bill, which was passed by the state legislature, still has to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and would have to be given the OK from the Obama administration. And even then, there’s no guarantee illegal immigrants would be able to access insurance subsidies.
Critics, though, say it’s a slippery slope and yet another example of how the federal government has hoodwinked Americans into getting behind the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.
“This is the first step in another misrepresentation of the Affordable Care Act,” Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform told US News & World Report.“It was sold to the American people on the fact that you wouldn’t have to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants.”
According to the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara, eligibility to receive health insurance would extend to 390,000 illegal immigrants if Brown signs the bill.
California is already on the verge of bankruptcy – what are they thinking?
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