Thursday, January 11, 2007

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Governor Schwarzenegger Angers His Own Party with Proposal to Subsidize Health Care for Illegal Aliens Just three days after calling for a new era of post-partisanship in California politics, Governor Schwarzenegger has angered members of his own party and the public, proposing new benefits for illegal aliens. The governor proposing mandatory state subsidized state health insurance for all state residents. The Governor is proposing that everyone in his state, including those here illegally, be required to purchase health insurance. "If you can't afford it, the state will help you buy it, but you must be insured," he said. Schwarzenegger estimates the cost of subsidizing insurance for illegal aliens at roughly $2.5 billion a year. California already spends heavily on healthcare for illegals. In 2004, an estimated 43 percent of all births covered by the state's Medi-Cal program were to illegal aliens. The cost of those 105,000 deliveries was $400 million. This is a national problem too. At Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, the hospital where President Kennedy died, it's now estimated 75 percent of the babies born at that hospital are born to illegal aliens.