Thursday, June 27, 2019

Only in California

It's not just what California does; sometimes it's the way they do it, or the reasons that are given for doing it.

This state recently allowed those in the country illegally to obtain drivers licenses. I have no real problem with that; other states have done the same. My problem was the reason given by then Governor Moonbeam. "We want them to be safe as they drive to and from work." First, how does having a drivers license make them safe while they are driving? Second, people in this country illegally are not allowed to work.

Now California has passed a law restoring the tax penalty for failing to obtain health insurance. I have no real problem with that either, although I think doing it on a state basis to replace a federal issue is a bit stupid. It does not, however, apply to those who are in the country illegally. They do still qualify for the subsidy if they do choose to obtain health insurance, though, through the "Covered California" health insurance program.

Short form, no penalty if you don't, but cash assistance if you do. But only for illegals. Those who are here legally pay a penalty if they don't. In California, you are treated better by the state if you are illegal.

The program, "Covered California," is a real doozy, too. The ins and outs are complex, but along with the new penalty law the state winds up taking money from people who make between $30,000 and $50,000 and gives it to people making as much as $150,000.

1 comment:

  1. bruce9:33 AM

    And they claimed with a driver license, they can get insurance and be a safer driver. Um, they are not buying insurance on a minimum wage - maybe under the table job. Safer is a matter of opinion - yeah they'll drive safer because they want to keep a low profile and not get caught. But how many illegals have been snapped up by doing something stupid, like driving drunk?

    As far as the benefits, anyone wonder why we have an astonishing poverty rate for a large prosperous state? And also explains the backlash against illegal entrants. Maybe not quite so much here, but there you have it.

    I like California, and helping people is fine and often necessary, but a safety net should not be a hammock.