California lawmakers agree to health benefits for all immigrants

Modesto Morganelli
Июня 12, 2019

In addition to covering some undocumented adults, California's proposed $213bn budget would make the state the first in the country to help families earning as much as six times the federal poverty level pay for their monthly health insurance premiums.

Under a proposal put forward by governor Gavin Newsom and adopted by Democrats in the state legislature, these benefits would be funded via a new tax on California residents who are now uninsured. They must vote on it by June 15.

Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, speaking to United States media called the proposal a "historic commitment that takes us one step closer to upholding the vital principle that no human being should suffer or die from a treatable condition, no matter what they look like or where they were born". Some 240,000 children are now in the program, which began in 2016. "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".

While the Trump administration is painting undocumented immigrants as risky, Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the advocacy group California Immigrant Policy Center, argues that healthier immigrants can be more productive.

"They can work longer".

"These complex proposals require a lot of scrutiny to fully understand the consequences - both good and bad", said Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), the vice chairman of the Assembly Health Committee.

Republicans have decried the funds initiative as a tax on American residents for not having insurance so that you just might perchance present healthcare to those in the country illegally. The process is always a series of compromises, but some of the biggest issues surrounding taxes, health insurance, family leave and homelessness.

The penalty is corresponding to the so-called "particular particular person mandate" which had been federal legislation after the passage of the Inexpensive Healthcare Act, in most cases is known as Obamacare, till Republicans in Congress eradicated it in 2017.

Other Democrats are also seeking to show their commitment to expanding health care coverage, including for undocumented immigrants. In January, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, unveiled a program called NYC Care aimed at allowing all New Yorkers to receive medical care, funded through the city's public health care system.

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