Rapper 50 Cent denounced the state of California’s decision to provide illegal immigrants with taxpayer-funded healthcare in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
California expanded healthcare coverage under the state program known as Medi-Cal to roughly 700,000 illegal immigrants between the ages of 26 and 49 on Jan. 1. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson expressed concerns about the burden on American taxpayers and veterans needing healthcare.
“I don’t understand this, this is going to cost 2.6 billion dollars for tax’s payers. They don’t even give veterans health insurance. @arimelber call my phone now, help me understand this shit. WTF,” Jackson wrote, asking the MSNBC anchor to contact him.
Federal authorities recorded more than 2 million encounters of migrants crossing the southern border illegally in fiscal year 2023 and more than 2.2 million in fiscal year 2022, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.
Then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in 2015 allowing illegal migrant children to qualify for Medi-Cal. Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded the coverage in 2019 for illegal immigrants ages 19 to 25.
“In California, we believe everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage – regardless of income or immigration status,” Newsom’s office told ABC News of the latest expansion. “Through this expansion, we’re making sure families and communities across California are healthier, stronger, and able to get the care they need when they need it.”
Jackson has previously weighed in on political issues. In October, the rapper called out President Joe Biden for vacationing during multiple global conflicts.
In response to Los Angeles’ previous decision to institute zero-bail policies for a slew of offenses, Jackson said “LA is finished watch how bad it gets out there.”
Melber didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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