California lawmakers agree to health benefits for immigrants

Jun 9, 2019

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    California lawmakers agree to health benefits for immigrants

    The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California's Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

    Not everyone in that age group would get the health benefits, but only those whose incomes are low enough to qualify for the program. State officials estimate that will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98 million per year.

    But to pay for part of it, the state will begin taxing people who don't have health insurance. It's a revival of the individual mandate penalty that had been law nationwide under former President Barack Obama's health care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.

    The budget agreement still must be approved by the full state Legislature. State law requires lawmakers to enact a budget by midnight on June 15. If they don't, lawmakers would lose their pay.
     
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    At least they are not beating the usual drum of making the rich pay for it.

    People don't buy (health) insurance for different reasons, with or without a "mandate".

    Some don't think they need it. Others don't "believe" in it . . . whatever that means. And some because they can't afford it.

    If CA plans on taxing those that can't afford health insurance, good luck collecting.

    The easiest taxes to manage and impose are usage taxes.
     
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    If CA plans on taxing those that can't afford health insurance, good luck collecting.

    True.

    I think I read NY is planning to enact something similar.
     
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    Did a little research. California Healthcare Foundation estimates 2.9 million Californians are uninsured. Newspapers report that in the governors budget the cost to cover these additional 90,000 individuals is $100,000,000. That is a tax of $1,100 per uninsured to fund. Seems kind of low?

    Papers also said the original costs, estimated in March, would be $260,000,000 or a tax of $2,860 per uninsured.

    These clowns should quit their jobs and become benefit consultants in the private sector.
     
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    Most of those clowns probably could not be hired in the private sector.
     
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    Those clowns probably couldn't pass a Background Check. :laugh:
     
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