California Now Pushing Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrant Seniors

California is at it again with a proposal to extend free
health to illegal immigrant senior citizens.

Last July, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed
a law
that would extend Medicaid coverage to low-income illegal immigrants 25
years old and younger.

President Donald Trump, who made the border wall and
stopping illegal immigration a central plank of his 2016 presidential campaign,
took a jab at this policy.

“If you look at what
they’re doing in California, how they’re treating people, they don’t treat
their people as well as they treat illegal immigrants,” Trump said in a speech at the time. “So at what point does it stop? It’s crazy what
they’re doing. It’s crazy. And it’s mean, and it’s very unfair to our
citizens.”

Trump is right.
California has waged a war on the concept of citizenship by essentially
sidestepping the will of the American people and intentionally undermining
immigration laws.

Worse, by extending
social welfare to those illegal immigrants, the state is signaling that the concept of citizenship itself is meaningless.

It’s clear that
California’s craziness doesn’t stop, as Newsom and the state’s Democrats have
doubled down to extend free health care coverage to even greater numbers of
illegal immigrants.

Newsom’s latest proposed budget now aims to extend free
health care coverage to illegal immigrants 65 years old and older as a part of
the state’s Medi-Cal program. This would add $80.5 million to the budget this
year and $350 million annually once fully implemented, according
to Politico
.

Newsom has made a push to extend health care coverage to
everyone in the state, including those who aren’t legal citizens.

“We believe universal
healthcare lowers the cost for everybody,” Newsom said. “We
believe the evidence bears that out. We believe it’s the right thing to do
morally and ethically. We also believe it is the financially responsible thing
to do.”

Is this the responsible
thing to do? Beyond the issue of ignoring federal law, there is obviously a
price to pay for covering the cost of health care for what could be millions of
illegal immigrants.

Right now, California is flush with cash, in part because the
American economy is booming and the tech sector is bringing in a huge amount of
capital to the state. But what happens when there is a downturn with this explosion
of future financial liabilities?

Remember, less than a decade ago, California’s politicians sought
a bailout from the federal government
to deal with a massive budget hole.

And a lot of the wealth the state needs to fund its massive
tax-and-spend ways may simply dry up.

Many businesses in the state already
have pulled up stakes
rather than deal with onerous taxes and regulations.

Middle-class Californians are leaving
the state in droves
or say that they
want to leave
. The pressure to do so will be even greater if jobs dry up.

On top of that, the state has been hit with a massive
homelessness crisis, a jarring sign of dysfunction when contrasted with notable
pockets of opulence.

To that point, although California is doing its best to
encourage illegal immigration and add newcomers to the dole, it’s also finding
ways to kill jobs for people looking to make ends meet.

Recently enacted legislation has
made freelance work nearly impossible
, and represents the kind
of lunacy that has gripped the political and intellectual powers that be in the
Golden State
.

For those wealthy enough to enjoy the fruits of California’s
many notable benefits—wonderful climate, beautiful landscape, and interesting
cities—thing are going fine.

But for those not so fortunate, the state is becoming
increasingly inhospitable, the result of a toxic stew of bad
laws
, failed
promises
, and misplaced
blame.