New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been freaking out as his city has been overrun by illegal aliens and he sure isn’t getting any help from Democrats in the State Senate who just approved a bill to provide healthcare coverage to the new arrivals that will likely only serve as encouragement for more to come.
On Thursday, Democrat lawmakers voted 41-21 on the controversial bill that will give low-cost insurance to migrants after the federal government agreed to cover the costs which have been estimated to be in the neighborhood of $1 billion a year, according to the bill’s sponsor.
“We are already spending over a billion dollars without giving any type of regular care to these folks,” Bronx Democrat Gustavo Rivera, who chairs the State Senate Health Committee, said from the chamber’s floor on Thursday. “So these folks are already here. They get sick. They get flus They get colds. They break legs … What we’re suggesting here is that we have a way to get federal money so it does not cost the state anything.”
I could not be prouder to pass #Coverage4All through the @NYsenate. We’ve advanced a fiscally responsible public health proposal to offer coverage to thousands of uninsured NYers. I urge the Assembly to join us in passing this monumental legislation. pic.twitter.com/x6V9SxibRt
— Gustavo Rivera (@NYSenatorRivera) June 9, 2023
The approval of the bill, which has yet to pass the Assembly, comes as Democrats are hoping to wrap up the year’s legislative business on Friday and there would be no greater way to go out than by gifting healthcare to illegals and sticking U.S. taxpayers with the tab.
The New York Post reported that “Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas (D-Queens) did not provide comment Thursday night about whether the bill she is sponsoring will pass her chamber this week.”
“We appreciate New York’s longstanding commitment to providing affordable health insurance coverage to its residents, and look forward to continuing to work with the State on this matter,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a June 6 letter to Rivera regarding a waiver for the use of federal funds.
“The fact that the money’s coming from the federal government doesn’t mean that it’s not coming out of taxpayer money, because the federal government gets their money from the same place,” Republican State Senator Steven Rhoads of Nassau said on the chamber’s floor before casting a vote against the bill on Thursday night.
“When we look at bills such as this, and we want to signal to the world just how generous we are in welcoming everyone here, I think it’s laudable, but I also think that we need to be very careful as to where those limits are,” said State Senator Jack Martins, a Nassau Republican who expressed concerns about the impact of the bill, both in moral terms and regarding paying for it if federal funds dry up. “I am certainly concerned about what this is going to cost the taxpayers of our state, and what it means for us going forward.”
“We should be taking care of those individuals,” Sen. Rhoads said, arguing that the funds should be used first to help New York citizens and those in the country legally. “If we have surplus funds. If there are additional funds coming from the federal government, those are the individuals that we should be taking care of first.”
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