NY Democrats Demand $345M for Health Insurance for Illegal Aliens
800,000 illegal aliens would be eligible for health insurance
New York Democrats are looking to approve $345 million in taxpayer funds to open health insurance rolls to illegal aliens.
The plan would ensure that the state’s nearly 800,000 illegal aliens would be eligible for health insurance programs at a cost to the state’s taxpayers.
The plan remains before the State Senate Finance Committee and would provide insurance to about 46,000 illegal aliens.
A summary of the plan states:
“Provides eligibility for services under the basic health program for individuals whose immigration status renders him or her ineligible for federal financial participation and who meet additional requirements.”
In addition to the mass migration lobby, corporate special interests are backing the plan, including the Chamber of Commerce-linked Business Council of New York, which calls the effort to ensure illegal aliens “an important avenue to be pursued…”
As Brietbart noted:
The move would be similar to that of California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has expanded health insurance coverage, paid for by taxpayers, to illegal aliens.
In recent months, Newsom has sought taxpayer-funded universal health insurance for the state’s three million illegal aliens.
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The annual cost of $2.4 billion, in addition to the billions in costs that taxpayers in the state already pay to provide health insurance to certain groups of illegal aliens.
Estimates by Chris Conover, formerly of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University, states:
"Americans, nationwide already are forced to subsidize about $18.5 billion of yearly medical costs for illegal aliens living in the United States."
When American voters were polled by CNN on the issue in July 2019, nearly 6-in-10 said they were opposed to forcing taxpayers to provide free health benefits to illegal aliens.
This would include 63 percent of swing voters and 61 percent of self-described “moderates.”
As Spectrumlocalnews reported:
Undocumented immigrants living in New York are among the roughly one million or so state residents who do not have any form of health insurance coverage -- a pool of people in a "last mile" of achieving universal coverage that has significantly shrunk in the last decade.
“Every step we take to expand healthcare coverage in our state will make New Yorkers healthier," said Senate Health Committee Chairman Gustavo Rivera, who sponsors the measure in his chamber.
"It is critical that we expand the Essential Plan, to ensure low-income immigrant New Yorkers, who have struggled tremendously during this pandemic, have access to the care they need."
Insurance groups have in recent weeks supported extending health care coverage options to undocumented New Yorkers while business-backed organizations have opposed the creation of a broader single-payer program in the state.