Medi-Cal Rolls Could Swell Under Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2015

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which have sparked a fierce political backlash nationwide, could also provide an unlikely boost for another of his goals: increasing health insurance signups.

Immigrants living in the U.S. without permission can’t enroll in Obamacare, but an unusual policy in California allows those granted temporary relief from deportation to sign up for Medi-Cal. That means up to half a million more Californians could apply for the state’s low-income health program, according to data released Wednesday by UC Berkeley and UCLA.


Although immigrant and health advocates support insuring this largely poor population, others worry that the state medical program will be unable to keep up with demand.

Medi-Cal has ballooned in recent years and now covers more than 12 million people, almost a third of the state’s residents. That has raised concern about the state’s ability to keep paying for the program–which costs the state $18 billion a year–while maintaining enough doctors to care for millions of newly insured patients.


Betty Jaspeado, who lives in Los Angeles, plans to apply for deportation relief and enroll in the healthcare program. {snip}


Obama’s November executive action protects people who have lived in the country for at least five years and are parents of children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The president also expanded his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offers deportation relief to youth who entered the country illegally.

However, dozens of states sued to stop these new programs, and a federal judge in Texas ordered a temporary halt.

If that injunction is lifted, Jaspeado would be among an estimated 1.25 million immigrants who would now qualify for some kind of relief in California. Of that total, 66% would be eligible for Medi-Cal based on their income, according to a policy brief from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


A single person can qualify for Medi-Cal if they earn no more than $16,105 a year. The ceiling is $21,708 for a two-person household and $32,913 for a four-person family. Immigrants who lack papers, even those eligible for deportation relief, still cannot buy insurance through the state’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California.


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  • Chip Carver

    You can bet the percentage of illegals potentially able to take advantage of PuppetCare is higher than 66%.

    • Charles Martel

      Those might be the ones not already fraudulently taking advantage already.

    • LHathaway

      ‘PuppetCare’ – you got a laugh out of me.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Don’t forget that illegals will go to the ‘head of the line’ when it comes to receiving medical services…..Whites and Veterans to the ‘end of the line’.

  • Charles Martel

    Go Galt

  • evilsandmich

    So a shotgun to the mouth of Cali’s welfare state?At least Obama’s scheme has a silver lining, albeit a nearly transparently thin one covering a cat 5 hurricane.

  • IKUredux

    So, we are just going to go along and allow TPTB to destroy our race, our countries and our way of life.We Whites have just allowed our countries to be overwhelmed with people who hate us for being White. And, we are going to do nothing? We are talking about a race of people who used to be the baddest ass MFers on the planet. Now? Now? How is it we have been reduced to pussys?

    Yup, the pen is mightier than the sword. But, hey, we are now talking about cultural marxism. So, every culture is equal, right? If that is true, then there is no reason to force these different cultures on Whites. Unless, those non-Whites, know for a fact their crappy “cultures” are NOT equal. I for one, am tired of the bull#hit.

    All men are NOT created equal, except in the sense that God will accept any believer.
    White Christians are the best people on the face of the earth.

    What have you done for the world, Asian people? Gunpowder. Check.
    What have you done for the world, African people ?

    What have you done for the world, any of you non-Whites?

  • KenelmDigby

    This gives the lie to that oft-repeated notion that ‘immigration improves the economy’.

  • superlloyd

    Illegality supprting stupidity. Incompetence, corruption and criminality are the products of Obammy’s ‘America’.

  • Light from the East

    In short, amnesty, medi-cal, and mandatory voting is the whole package of anti America plan by Obama.

  • mobilebay

    Obama considers being turned back at the border “a deportation,” so we’ll still have a country full of people who are being rewarded for destroying our nation with the help of our government and the various pro-illegal organizations.

  • De Doc

    Get ready for a whole new, massive wave of medical fraud once these low grade morons are added to the Medi-Cal rosters.

  • Jason Lewis

    California deserves to collapse on itself. OF course none of it’s social policies would be blamed.

  • Mack0

    On the bright side, these illegals will be in a war with blacks. Let them duke it out for a while.

  • John Smith

    A beaner Cloward-Piven.

  • Bankrupting Californiastan even faster? This is an idea not even I would have thought of.

    • ABC

      Listen. My mother experienced stroke like symptoms yesterday afternoon. Sleepiness, trouble expressing thoughts, headache. She is in the ICU. They have done a brain scan and a spinal tap. They have given her antibiotics. She is not improving. They do not know if it is stroke, meningitis or aneurysm. Do you know what I should do or how I can help?

      • Not sure. You could try reading up on strokes online. I would start with Wikipedia.

      • Alden

        How old is she? I don’t think there is anything you can do but hope the Drs can diagnose and treat her
        She has probably had an EKG
        An EKG would have diagnosed heart problems

        The Drs know a vast amount about her condition and treatment Don’t make a fool of yourself by thinking you can learn more than her Drs from Wikepedia

  • E. Newton

    As President of the United States, Obama is legally entitled to wage war on you and your children. As a man of African ancestry, he takes this opportunity very seriously.

  • I haven’t had a steady job since 2006, and refuse to even look for one; does that count as a “tax strike”?

  • Lynn Munoz

    As an expatriate Californian, I have no sympathy for what happens to that state fiscally. The liberals who dominate simply love all their programs and don’t care who pays for them and have no idea where the money is coming from – they just WANT it. I can remember back in the 60’s and 70’s having needy relatives who had worked all their lives, paid taxes, etc. but could collect no food stamps or other services even short-term. Illegals and people who don’t work always could get anything they wanted or demanded. And the border is now ultra-porous, with a continual wave of human sponges arriving who will be given more and more free stuff such as Medi-cal. Corporations are leaving for more business-friendly states like Texas and S. Carolina. The state is in financial trouble and will eventually go bankrupt. It’s just a matter of time.