The LATimes morning email thingie:
“The Trump administration’s new policy — which could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps or some other kinds of public assistance — could have a serious chilling effect on California’s economy, experts and advocates say. That’s because immigrants, including those who already have green cards or are citizens, may unenroll from benefits such as Medi-Cal or CalFresh out of fear for it could cost them their or their family members’ legal status. A study last year found such a policy change could cost the state as many as 17,700 jobs and would hit the healthcare sector particularly hard.”
Medi-Cal is the name of California’s Medicaid program, and right away everyone–not just Californians–should be alarmed by this projection.
Immigrants—who are being targeted by this new rule—are the backbone of the workforce in border and gulf states. Diminishing them diminishes everyone, and the economy will take a greater punch than whatever is being saved by kicking immigrant people off of assorted social services.
As we’ve noted before, Prznint Stupid is incapable of planning or executing to a plan, he’s just a seat-of-the-pants buffoon, and his extreme white privilege insulates him from the consequences of his actions. He sees punching down as a campaign strategy that will rile up his base (and he’s right), but when the pandemic hits, Possum Hollar won’t have any greater medical help than now, and they won’t have anyone to dig their literal graves.