The border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego.
In what may mean more business for California’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and other outlets for serving the poor, Golden State voters’ support for extending healthcare coverage to illegal aliens is gaining ground, according to the latest Field Poll.
58 percent of registered voters now favor providing Medi-Cal — the state’s Medicaid program — to all of the state’s illegal aliens while 39 percent oppose it; only 51 percent last year liked the idea, while 45 percent opposed it.
The Sacramento Bee reports that a state assembly committee might soon take up a bill seeking a federal waiver for illegals to obtain health insurance through the state exchange. But these new enrollees couldn’t receive subsidies to help pay for these plans.
Meanwhile, for the first time, majorities of voters in every major region of California back the Affordable Care Act, with the biggest increases in support among Hispanics, young adults and Los Angeles County residents.