As Calif. Drowns in Debt, Group Advocates For Free Healthcare for Illegals

Even as the state of California is drowning in debt and already suffering under an avalanche of unfunded mandates, a powerful healthcare advocacy group in the Golden State is pushing for free healthcare for all illegal aliens.

The group, The California Endowment, has launched a new program called “Health Happens Here” to push expanded healthcare. To highlight the issue, Cal. Endow. has debuted a new video titled, “Dreaming of Healthcare.”

The video features young, illegal immigrants pleading to be included in Obamacare as well as California’s healthcare system.

“I’m undocumented, but I dream that one day we will all be treated as one people, because we are one people,” the young people tell viewers. “Now, our country has spoken saying that everyone should have affordable healthcare.”

“I dream that one day, ‘everyone’ will include me,” they say.

This new burden would drive the state further into bankruptcy. California is already rated as one of the worst run states in the nation.

Having eight of the ten worst foreclosure areas in the nation, the state has lost over $2 trillion in homeowner equity–a number that exceeds its yearly income–has the 3rd worst unemployment rate in the country, and finds within its borders nearly 1/3 of the nation’s welfare recipients.

Cal. Endow. is billed as a “statewide health foundation that was created in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California’s creation of WellPoint Health Networks.” It claims for itself the goal of “expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities.”

On a webpage describing some of the goals of “Health Happens Here,” the group expresses an interest in a long list of policies typical of a penchant for central planning by environmentalists and social-democrats. The group claims to want to pursue control over “land use,” control of what people eat, control over schools and the workplace, and to institute “fitness” programs for both kids and adults.

Most importantly, The California Endowment intends to push Obamacare on Californians and seeks to “educate key audiences about the benefits of the federal Affordable Care Act and other avenues to preventive health and community wellness.”

The group also recently put out a Spanish language guide for citizens to become better informed on ways to take advantage of Obamacare.

In the past, Cal. Endow. has been an advocate of high soda taxes and once attacked cable TV network Nickelodeon for having advertisements for junk food.

California Endowment also has ties to President Obama’s controversial nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor. Perez, who has been in the employ of anti-American billionaire George Soros, was a paid consultant of Cal. Endow.

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  • GarandFan

    But…but…but it’s for YOUR OWN GOOD! Besides, “It’s for the children!” Now just SHUT UP and DO AS YOUR TOLD!

  • jim_m

    The group claims to want to pursue control over “land use,” control of what people eat, control over schools and the workplace, and to institute “fitness” programs for both kids and adults.

    And yet they complain when we call them fascists.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      They can’t handle the truth…

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    Sure – that free healthcare? It’s right at the end of Gov. Moonbeam’s high speed railroad.

  • Brucehenry

    This is funny, because it’s my understanding that once “Governor Moonbeam” got the Republican obstructionists out of the way and a veto-proof Dem majority he was able to achieve a balanced budget and showed a small surplus this year. Am I wrong?

    • jim_m

      The claimed surplus is now being called an accounting anomaly. In other words Ca. changed the tax rules so individuals and corporations are dumping assets and taking the penalty earlier rather than later and restructuring their finances so that they will pay less taxes in the future.

      Also, since CA is retroactively taxing people a total of $120 million over the last 5 years by changing the law retroactively they will be driving more people and businesses out of the state.

      So if you consider this a victory it is one of sorts. A Pyrrhic one.

      • Brucehenry

        Your link to the LATimes article makes it clear that Governor Moonbeam himself is bringing this to public attention, so it looks like he’s being, you know, a serious guy.

        Your other assertion, for which you provide no link, is interesting. I thought ex post facto laws were illegal.

        • jim_m

          here’s the issue

          The California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) has issued tax bills of a combined total of approximately $120 million to local small business owners. Over the past 20 years, California allowed a tax break that allowed companies to maintain 80 percent of their workforce in California. The break was claimed by over 2,500 business owners and stockholders.

          The California Court of Appeals ruled the provision requiring
          companies to maintain 80 percent of their work force as unconstitutional. As a result, FTB changed its interpretation of the law and suspended the tax break entirely. FTB then began to issue tax bills to business owners and shareholders who claimed the tax break within the last five years.

          Sure ex post facto laws are illegal. Since when has the law or the constitution ever stopped the left? This is another example of the left saying that the law is whatever they want it to be and that if their interpretation changes then they will selectively punish everyone they want to. This is where I get my revulsion of the left and their attitude toward what really is equal treatment under the law.

          There was nothing that compelled the FTB to issue these tax bills. It is a money grab and an attempt to punish innocent tax payers for their mistakes.

          • Brucehenry

            Well I’ll be damned. That doesn’t seem right.

            EDIT: I posted the above line before I saw that you had edited your reply. Is the Franchise Tax Board “the left” now?

          • jim_m

            No it isn’t. I doubt anyone except the most hard core big government types would ever accept this as fair. You really need to believe that all money belongs to the government to think that this is in any shape or form fair.

            this is the kind of thing that started a war 237 years ago.

          • Brucehenry

            So the FTB doing this is “another example of the left saying the law is whatever they want it to be” but the FTB is not the left?

            Just screwing with ya, Jim. Rave on.

          • jim_m

            You deny that the CA government is not completely controlled by the dems? and that it has developed a clear reputation for being extremely anti-business?

            Since the dems control the government and therefore the state’s tax collecting agency (FTB) it is reasonable to put upon them the responsibility (blame) for the actions of their appointed minions.

            The reality is that the executive (in this case Brown) takes the hit for the actions of the government.

          • Jwb10001

            How dare you place blame on the executive, don’t you realize he’s a democrat?

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            In the end, the numbers won’t lie. If projected receipts don’t materialize, then there’s going to be a shortfall.

            I can base my budget around winning modest amounts in Vegas – or a big score on the state lottery – but if I don’t win, I’m screwed. It’d be smarter for me to cut back the expenses I can, and live within my income.

            Maybe he’s figuring that somehow, magically, he’ll get a replay of the ’90s tech boom in CA, if he touts investments in ‘high tech’ stuff like HSR. I think they’d get more high-tech mileage out of doing a Google Gigabit fiber-style install statewide myself, but at this point California’s got a long way to go to get out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves, and likely even that wouldn’t help.

  • The_Queen_of_France

    “I’m undocumented, but I dream that one day we will all be treated as
    one people, because we are one people,” the young people tell viewers.
    “Now, our country has spoken saying that everyone should have affordable
    healthcare.”

    No, sweetheart, it’s NOT *your* country unless and until you become a citizen.

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  • Be Free

    My checking account is overdrawn, I have no cash on hand, all my credit cards are past due, my home is upside down, I just got laid off my job yesterday, and I still want pizza delivery tonight because I want it, and I should have it, because I want it!!! California … do us all a favor and just slide into the ocean

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