California’s progressive politics are taking yet one more step forward. On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed his new budget proposal which includes expanding the state’s Medi-Cal health coverage to all low-income illegal immigrants in the state.
National Review reports: “The Golden State already began offering coverage to low-income illegal immigrants 26 and under in 2019 and added coverage for those 55 and older last year. Now, the Democratic governor has proposed covering the remainder beginning no sooner than January 1, 2024.”
As the Associated Press notes, Newsom did not unveil a plan on how to pay for the massive additional costs, nor how he would phase in the coverage. This move makes California the first state to provide universal health care access for all residents regardless of legal status.
One legislative analysis estimated the cost could be upwards of $2.4 billion per year. National Review writes the expansion is included in Newsom’s $286 billion state budget which “makes use of a projected $45.7 billion surplus.”
Newsom’s bill does include $300 million to beef up law enforcement efforts, a necessary tool after liberal policies have increased retail theft tremendously. His bill also includes “$2 billion for mental health services, housing and cleaning homeless encampments to address the state’s homelessness problem.”
Newsom identifies “existential threats” that face the state as justification for his spending proposals. Those include the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and drought brought on by global warming, homelessness, income inequality which includes the lack of health insurance for illegal immigrants and public safety.
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California Tells COVID-Positive Medical Staff to ‘Return to Work Immediately, Without Isolation or Testing’
The Los Angeles Times came out with a piece Wednesday titled, “With hospitals reeling, California tells COVID-positive medical workers to stay on the job.” With more and more patients arriving to the emergency room every day, forced to wait entire days to be seen, there is no one to answer the phones and no one to take out the trash.
Due to the Omicron-fueled surge, healthcare workers are calling out sick in droves, and has “left the medical infrastructure on edge.” As a result, California, and other state’s officials are examining a “Sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately, without isolation or testing.”
Currently, the policy will remain in place through February 1st to avoid staffing shortages. The California Department of Public Health said because hospitals are reaching capacity, providing essential care is extremely compromised.
“Given those conditions, the department is providing temporary flexibility to help hospitals and emergency services providers respond to an unprecedented surge and staffing shortages” said the agency.
On Tuesday, nurses and representatives with the SEIU 721 union spoke out against the measure outside the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown to L.A. The California Nurses Association also said it planning a “day of action” for Thursday to condemn the state’s decision.
“It is absolutely infuriating that Democrats turned our nation upside down, harmed our children and may have even allowed the Democrats to steal an election creating these mandates, only to be forced to throw it all out the window on a whim because they did not work” says Sara Carter
“When President Trump was questioning these things, when I would question these things, when any sane person would question these things, the Democrats tried to make everyone look like they wanted to kill their grandmother and that we were conspiracy theorists” adds Carter.
“Is the situation ideal? No,” said Dr. Robert-Kim Farley, an epidemiologist and infectious-diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Is it the lesser of the two evils of having no one to care for patients, versus having staff caring for them that may have COVID? Yes, it’s the lesser of two evils.”
The L.A. Times adds, “Kim-Farley said the policy is a recognition of the significant strain hospitals are experiencing amid an increased number of patients and decreased number of staff. The chances of transmission from an asymptomatic worker are minimal, he said, particularly since he or she would be practicing precautions, including wearing high-grade medical masks.”
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