CAPS — For California’s illegal immigrants and the Sacramento legislators who cater to them, nothing is ever enough.
Only a month after the California legislature voted to extend Medi-Cal coverage to aliens’ minor children, it passed SB-10 that will allow unlawful residents to buy private health insurance on the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange. In 2009, President Obama, while addressing a joint session of Congress, insisted that aliens would be excluded from participation in Obamacare. Watch Obama make his promise here. Banning illegal immigrants from Obamacare was a specific part of the congressional compromise that led to the bill’s passage.
But as happens so often when it comes to granting entitlements to illegal immigrants, advocates found a loophole in Obamacare that will let aliens enroll in the exchange as long as they use their own money to participate. The Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver allows states to adjust the law to make coverage available to more people, including illegal immigrants, assuming the federal government doesn’t bear the expense.
Regarding SB-10 and the waiver, several familiar patterns commonly found in illegal immigrant entitlements for California’s aliens are visible. First, state Sen. Richard Lara, SB-10’s author, is selling the bill as a positive for Californians, but especially for families with mixed immigration status. That is, aliens’ citizen children automatically qualify, but now their illegal immigrant parents can also be included, a fair deal in Lara’s eyes.