Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ecumenical health insurance coverage for children (legal or otherwise)

The white flight will continue:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose that all Californian children, including those in the state illegally, be guaranteed medical insurance as part of the health-care overhaul he intends to unveil next week, according to officials familiar with the plan.

If enacted by the Legislature, his proposal would affect about 763,000 children who now lack insurance. Although the administration has not revealed details of how it would pay for such a program, officials estimate that extending insurance to all children could cost the state as much as $400 million a year.

Somewhere between 15%-33% of uninsured children covered under the plan-to-be are non-citizens. At $400 million annually, that's in the range of $60-$132 million in wealth transferred mostly from natives to foreigners. Despite Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and a windfall in capital gains and real estate tax revenues, the state is still predicted to run a $3.3 billion budget deficit for fiscal '07-'08.

Everyone will pitch in:
All sectors of the health-care industry, including hospitals, insurers, doctors, patients, businesses and government, would pay some of the costs under Schwarzenegger's plan. People familiar with the proposal say that it includes new requirements for businesses to cover employees, though the details were unclear. The more cost shouldered by employers and workers, the less the state
would have to spend.
Best to burden employers with the profligate promises government make, I guess. This unsustainable spending and corresponding exodus of the middle class illustrates how Western liberalism can flourish in high IQ, homogenuous, functioning societies but crashes on the shoals of increasing racial, cultural, and economic diversity.

California is a place of poles. It has a higher percentage of both high school dropouts and college graduates than the nation at large. While it has a higher per capita income than most of the country, it also has a higher poverty rate. Los Angelos, among the most diverse cities in the history of humanity, is home to citizens that are utterly mistrustful of one another. These disparities do not bode well for the contentment of Californians, as relative wealth has been found to be second only to physical health in determining a person's level of self-described happiness.

Things are only going to get worse. In addition to being unfriendly to businesses except those using Hispanic serfs subsidized by the net taxpayer, the Golden State's future looks especially dumb. Using NAEP scores from eighth graders, VCU's Professor McDaniel estimated California's average IQ to be 95.5. Using a similar methodology, I put it at 94.7.

But these estimates are as prognosticative as they are contemporarily descriptive, since they look at the test scores of children. The state is going to be at America's cognitive bottom for the foreseeable future. Sardonically, the nationwide dumbening that is occuring due to demographic changes will tend to bring every state in the country down alongside California to some extent. It's all relative, right?


JSBolton said...

If there were immigration law enforcement of sufficient degree, this major increase of state aggression on the net taxpayer would be much smaller, if even especially likely to happen at all.
The left loves to exploit inequality, in order to have issues which can carry them into power, so that a huge engine of increase of income and wealth polarization, gets championed by them, when it involves low-IQ immigration.
If it were regressive taxation policies, though, they would cry bloody murder.

Anonymous said...

The best job security in California is in their prison system. If you've got a special skill to sell the California state prison system, You've got it made for the rest of the century.

crush41 said...

If you have time, read through John's theoretical/philosophical ruminations. They are quite thought-provoking.


I've heard stories about 90%-of-pay pension benefits kicking in when workers retire (in their forties in some cases). And some of their salaries reach into six figures. Unreal.

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