Democrat California State Sen. Ricardo Lara recently unveiled his controversial proposal to provide the state’s roughly 2 million illegal immigrants access to healthcare resources meant for residents.
First, Lara suggests low-income illegals be permitted to enroll in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Minors would be covered under one program while adults could apply via a separate platform. Furthermore, those who could afford it would be allowed to purchase a plan through the state health insurance exchange.
He defended his proposal thus:
We are talking about our friends. We are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic healthcare in the richest state of this union.
Speaking from the other side of the aisle, State Sen. Jeff Stone echoed the sentiment of other Republicans, saying:
This bill would only add hundreds of thousands of patients to the rolls with no one to care for them.