Fil-Am CA lawmaker advocates healthcare for all undocumented

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Ricardo Lara, born to undocumented Mexican parents and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American elected to the California State Legislature said it is their responsibility to ensure healthcare for all undocumented immigrants in California.

Their bill, SB4, will provide health insurance for the state’s 1.5 million undocumented residents either though Medi-Cal, which is the health insurance program for low-income people, or through Covered California.

“Nationwide, one million API undocumented members in our community and nearly half of that is in California in the 400,000s. So Filipino-Americans being the largest Asian American group in California, we’re going to be a significant amount of that 400,000,” stated Bonta.

Bonta said it is necessary that this bill passes in order for people to get proper treatment without fear of deportation and paying high medical bills.

“Make no mistake; we are providing care in California at taxpayer cost for undocumented Californians today. The emergency room is one of the most expensive points of health care delivery in the entire system. That’s not efficient,” added Bonta.

Opponents of the bill said that expanding Medi-Cal to the undocumented would cost California more money; however, since the state approved $40 million in its budget for health insurance for undocumented children, the cost in SB4 will go down.

Bonta explained, “We spend over a billion dollars today on undocumented Californians health care. So fiscally what we’re proposing is better: to provide comprehensive care with wellness and prevention on the front end and in my view it’s morally the right thing to do.”

As children of immigrant parents, Bonta and Lara said they want to show the entire country why it’s important to take care of all people. Lara said, “It’s interesting because I think some can argue that Latinos and Filipinos are actually more alike than we are separate. It’s important to lead by example. We need to ensure that ethnic leaders work together for the greater good of all California.”

If it is signed into law, California would be the first state in the country to provide state-funded health insurance to undocumented residents.

You may contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    25 July 2015 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Good news for illegal alien, free health insurance (Medi-Cal). To all illegal alien in the US, move to California and convert it into a 3rd world country.Who will pay for the illegal alien health insurance, of course,the hard working Californians. Democrats,why punish the hard working Californians,for paying more taxes in order to give free health insurance to illegal alien, no wonder most Pinoy Californian are moving to Republican control Houston Texas.

  • noz
    25 July 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    these two socialist politicians were empowered by the voters, who are being duped by taxations going through the roof. the job of these two politicians are to legislate laws to benefits their constituents, not the illegal aliens. the openly gay senator excuse is he was born to illegal aliens, as such his politics are driven / focused on the welfare of illegal aliens is unethical in all angles. the voters who vested the powers to these two far out lefty politicians got what they all deserved, accepting the deeds of these two socialist politicians legislating bad laws. the voters of mexiformia must brace on the day the moolah run out or gone, these two socialist politicians / the tentacles of the demoncraps will never run out of ideas on where / what to tax, to fund the illegal aliens’ healthcare. as long as the citizens residing in CA are owning the socialists endeavors of benefitting illegal aliens, sponsored by these two socialist politicians, and not federally funded, then the citizens living in 49 states couldn’t care less.

    • Arbi
      26 July 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

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  • JRB
    27 July 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Hey the first Filipino American elected to the California State Legislature is the biggest “IDIOT” I have seem in American State Legislature. How in the hell you can give dumb immigrants health insurance to undocumented residents. That’s why this dumb Filipino will never again be voted in for State Legislature this will be his last time. He’s the most dumbest person I every heard about in California State Legislature.

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