Friday, July 12, 2019
The Strange Politics of California's Healthcare
California has become the first state in the country to offer government-subsidized health benefits to young adults living in the U.S. illegally. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo from Los Angeles criticized the bill for not providing health care coverage to people 65 and older living in the country illegally.
The California Legislature voted Monday to tax California citizens who do not buy health insurance. The penalty won’t apply to everyone, including people living in the country illegally. People in prison and those who are members of an American Indian tribe are also exempt, mirroring what had been in the federal law.
Get ready folks, from other states - this is coming to your state as well. EXCEPT if you're from the south.
I guess it's not such a bad thing - EVERYONE deserves HEALTHCARE and FREE is the best kind. The only thing I really have an issue with is Californians age 65 and older who have to pay for our Medicare and we still have to have supplemental plans to cover everything Medicare doesn't. My Veteran father-in-law, age 93 gets a bill from the State of California/Calvet division, every month. of which he cannot pay. It amounts to over $200,000 he owes because he is on a limited income. When he dies, the state will seize his bank account. Haha, good luck with that.
The person in my family who has the BEST healthcare is my step-daughter, Char. She's on Medicaid which is what they will use to expand benefits to those living here illegally. She has ZERO co-pays. Never pays a thing. I admit I get jealous. My knee surgery was $140,000.00 not including the Docter and Physical therapy. Having Tricare For Life (DoD) still didn't pick up everything. So I am waiting for the bills to come in. I'm not going to worry about it - you can't get blood from a turnip. They will get what I can afford. My physical therapy limits me; twice a week for 4 weeks. Char has been going to PT for 3 months and there is no end in sight. She did not have surgery. She had a sore back.
That's good for her - but my point is, there is a lot of abuse. It's not her fault - she doesn't know any better.
I really am not a hardass, when it comes to free healthcare. I just would love for it to be fairer. Then again, having lived in my white privilege all my life I will never really know.
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