California has more uninsured people than other some states have people. It’s also home to the largest number of undocumented immigrants in the country.
The state is launching its insurance exchange program that will make health care more affordable for residents once Obamacare kicks in but it’s planning but it’s planning on leaving undocumented immigrants out.
The California Endowment, a health foundation, is running TV ads across the state to make sure undocumented have access to healthcare. The Endowment is pushing the state to keep county-run programs open and expand Medicaid on the government’s dime.
In the 60-second ad running across the state, several undocumented immigrants look into the camera and ask if California stands for universal coverage. “Does that mean everyone, everyone? Does everyone include me? Us too?”
- This story has been edited since it was originally published.