Saturday, June 11, 2016

Governor Brown Signs Bill Allowing Undocumented Workers To Purchase Health Insurance

The Raw Story has this from Reuters.com

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/california-governor-signs-bill-allowing-undocumented-immigrants-to-buy-insurance/

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law allowing unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, making the state the first in the country to offer that kind of coverage.
California Governor Jerry Brown

The law lets the state request a waiver from the federal government that will be needed to allow unauthorized immigrants to purchase unsubsidized insurance through Covered California, the state’s healthcare exchange.

“Today we ask the federal government to remove another barrier to health insurance access that discriminates against some of our residents on the basis of their documentation status,” said Senator Ricardo Lara, the bill’s author, in a statement.

Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill on Friday, according to the governor’s website. His office was not immediately available for comment.

The Los Angeles Times reported that if the waiver is approved, it would allow as many as 390,000 immigrants to purchase healthcare insurance through the state’s exchange.

Opponents of the legislation have said it would unnecessarily cost California taxpayers and strain the state’s healthcare system.

About 7 percent of California’s population, or 2.6 million people, lack legal immigration status. In 2012, the state spent more than $600 million on emergency room and other health-related services for people living in the state illegally.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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And this reporting at Alternet.org by Jodie Gummow is a couple years but says that undocumented workers contribute $130 Billion to California's GDP

A new study on immigrant contributions at the University of Southern California has revealed that undocumented immigrants in California make up 10% of the workforce and contribute $130 billion to the gross domestic product, the LA Times reported.

The study, conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, explores the various ways that the estimated 2.6 million immigrants who lack legal status participate in state life, with a particular focus on their contributions to the state’s GDP. The study found that most immigrant workers lack basic civil rights protections and are faced with the daily threat of family separation and deportation due to the federal government’s inability to create a “rational immigration system.”

Other key findings in the report with respect to undocumented immigrants in California include:

58% do not have health insurance
38% work in the agriculture industry
Half have been in the state for at least 10 years
Three quarters live in households that include U.S. citizens
Of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater L.A. region, 1.1 million are undocumented, contributing $57 billion to the regional GDP
And yet, CIPC says the undocumented immigrant population in California has suffered some 117,000 deportations in recent years from one deportation program alone.

The findings come in the midst of increased debate over major immigration reform. Obama has vowed to use his executive power to make changes in deportation policies, but has been met with strong opposition from congressional members who favor stricter restrictions on immigration.

Advocates for more inclusive immigration policies say the economic contributions of immigrants are a primary reason they should be allowed to stay.

“Every one of California’s immigrants helps shape our state’s economic and civic vitality, but the daily threat of deportation casts a shadow over California’s undocumented residents—and their loved ones and communities,” said Reshma Shamasunder, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center in a press release. Shamasunder says these undocumented residents contribute over $130 billion to the state’s GDP and President Obama should honor these contributions in the interest of economic prosperity. The group is calling upon the Obama administration to recognize the contributions of immigrant workers and strengthen the stability of their communities.

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.

What sticks out to me were the numbers that 58 percent were uninsured. Will allowing undocumented workers to buy health insurance help? GDP is a different measure than income or profit so there isn't really $129 billion, 4 hundred million dollars left over after paying for all of their costs of 600 million. But the numbers still seem to favor that they are an economic asset to this state and the state insurance pool needs more people in it. 

3 comments:

  1. We don't need them in our country, lets save our benefits for our own citizens

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  2. Typical Jerry Brown/Liberal proggy politics:

    1) Mess up the state/country in certain aspects so bad that illegal immigrants are called residents.

    2) Big Government subzidizing their insurance pimps to the tune of breaking laws for profit off the backs of illegals.

    3) American laborers have been priced out of the market, so for the American economy to work, illegals have to be imported as a commodity

    4) Hispanics are , once again, being allowed to live without having to follow the same laws as everyone else, even blacks and natives who are more victims than Hispanics will ever be as far as this America is concerned through history.

    Yes, liberals/proggies kumbaya politics.

    Ya know, that Latino judge Trump rips is part of an organization that:

    A. Said whites need to go back to Europe.

    B. California will once again be a Hispanic state.

    HOJ saw a movie made for tv back in the early 1980's. It was a scene where whites became minorities, blacks and Hispanics in control. It was eye opening for a ten year old at the time that American government would turn the tables on whites to catapult blacks and Hispanics to supreme status as if flipping the narrative of reality.

    It does not matter what color of skin ya got, but politics sure uses color of skin as a chess piece in multiple political games, like immigration and status.

    Every so many years, there is a new political term or few "made up" to explain what is advertized as change or different, but in reality is all the same.

    Guess it's easier for the Browns of politics to avoid getting the immigration issue resolved, that is why they say fug it, Hispanics are residents, undocumented, etc..., anything but illegals because the tone is negative truth.


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  3. Typical Jerry Brown/Liberal proggy politics:

    1) Mess up the state/country in certain aspects so bad that illegal immigrants are called residents.

    2) Big Government subzidizing their insurance pimps to the tune of breaking laws for profit off the backs of illegals.

    3) American laborers have been priced out of the market, so for the American economy to work, illegals have to be imported as a commodity

    4) Hispanics are , once again, being allowed to live without having to follow the same laws as everyone else, even blacks and natives who are more victims than Hispanics will ever be as far as this America is concerned through history.

    Yes, liberals/proggies kumbaya politics.

    Ya know, that Latino judge Trump rips is part of an organization that:

    A. Said whites need to go back to Europe.

    B. California will once again be a Hispanic state.

    HOJ saw a movie made for tv back in the early 1980's. It was a scene where whites became minorities, blacks and Hispanics in control. It was eye opening for a ten year old at the time that American government would turn the tables on whites to catapult blacks and Hispanics to supreme status as if flipping the narrative of reality.

    It does not matter what color of skin ya got, but politics sure uses color of skin as a chess piece in multiple political games, like immigration and status.

    Every so many years, there is a new political term or few "made up" to explain what is advertized as change or different, but in reality is all the same.

    Guess it's easier for the Browns of politics to avoid getting the immigration issue resolved, that is why they say fug it, Hispanics are residents, undocumented, etc..., anything but illegals because the tone is negative truth.


    ReplyDelete

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