The board decided late last year to seek extra money for hospitals to cover care that's not reimbursed, but Moorlach didn't want to use traffic tickets as the funding source, he said.
"I don't see the correlation between someone driving a car and someone providing pediatric care," he said. "If I'm going to increase a penalty on somebody, I'd like it to be a little closer to the source of the costs being incurred by the healthcare industry in this county."
Moorlach suggested charging illegal immigrants in the jails, he said, because if they came here illegally they bypassed the normal health screenings legal immigrants receive and in that way are potentially burdening the healthcare system.
He's not yet sure it can be done, but supervisors agreed Tuesday to get more information about the proposal.
LOCAL LEGISLATOR CRITICIZES PRESIDENT
Earlier this week, Costa Mesa Assemblyman Van Tran criticized President Bush for nixing federal reimbursement to states for incarcerating illegal immigrants. In a statement sent out Tuesday in response to the president's budget, Tran said the administration should "take financial responsibility for the failed federal immigration policy and fully fund the incarceration of illegal immigrants in the state of California and border states."
SUPPORT FOR ROMNEY
Newport Beach Rep. John Campbell reaffirmed his support Tuesday for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2008.
Campbell said he decided way back in August to back Romney if he ran. Tuesday's announcement was that 23 members of congress are supporting Romney — more, Campbell said, than any other Republican presidential hopeful so far.