I agree with the 79 percent of truckers that don’t want to travel through communities that defund police. Neither do I.
Imagine if you’re a truck driver and having to pull over at night to sleep. Can you imagine how frightening it would be if you couldn’t call for help if something went wrong. Or for that matter, what would happen to you if you tried to defend your self against criminals and in the end were blamed for taking matters into your own hands. It could land you in jail.
It’s a recipe for disaster.
Defunding police is just plain stupid. A civil society needs to be able to protect itself from criminal elements and citizens, particularly the most vulnerable, must be able to rely on their community being protected.
Can you imagine a world in chaos? Wait, yes, I can imagine it and I’ve seen it.
First and foremost, in the war zones I’ve traveled to throughout my career, where the most vulnerable women and children had no one to turn to for help. Secondly, I see it in the craziness of Seattle’s CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) where mainly over-privileged American kids, who sleep in their parents’ basements, are angry about their privilege.
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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.
The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.
Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.
“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”
“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”
While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.
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