Knights Party Staff
There are an estimated 2.6 million illegal aliens in California that are working illegally and some are being covered by employers privatized health plans. However, the annual cost of unpaid hospital care is between $1 billion and $1.5 billion estimates the Hospital Association of Southern California. And while hospitals don’t ask a person’s citizenship status, there is an estimated cost according to 2009 figures of $21,755,953,468 which includes health care attributed to illegal aliens.
Much of the financial crisis health care providers in California see is due to emergency room visits by illegal aliens who don’t have insurance, although many are cared for through a network of community based clinics and county health programs.
Thus is is the logic behind Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara’s (from the newly drawn 33rd district) proposition that illegal aliens be included in the state’s version of Obama care.
Some are suggesting that is true motive is taxpayer funded health care for immigrants with AIDS. Lara is openly homosexual and a member of the California Gay Legislative Caucus.
The state’s private insurance exchange called Covered California is not federally or state funded and is funded by fees on each policy sold, according to Health Access executive director Anthony Wright who is working with Lara. He projects that it will be self sustaining by the end of the year.
The are hoping to start a separate a program that is funded by state taxpayers and will give health care insurance to all illegal aliens. Wright says, “There is precedent for California to piggyback on federal programs but take an extra step to expand to additional folks.”
Many point out that while 20 years ago Californian’s voted to deny any and all public benefits to illegal aliens (overturned by an activist judge) that today there seems to be wide spread support.
Of course there is wide spread support. Twenty years allowed anchor babies to grow up and vote, (Lara himself is the son of illegal aliens) more aliens entered, thousands of third world immigrants are allowed to come here through refugee acts and work visas and the overall racial climate of the state has changed.
Republican Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly says, “California cannot afford to create another incentive to attract people to come to our state illegally in pursuit of taxpayer-subsidized benefits,”