California Gives Green Light to Health Care for Illegal Aliens

Henrietta Strickland
July 10, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation making California the first state to provide health care coverage to young undocumented adults, a $98 million measure targeting nearly 100,000 people.

State Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law on Tuesday that will grant taxpayer funded benefits to young adults eligible for the state's Medicaid program.

The plan expands current rules, which already cover all children under 18, including undocumented immigrants.

However, critics argue this law will only incentivize illegal crossings and asylum seekers into the US, which is something President Trump has criticized the California governor of doing in the past.

'Mark my words, ' Newsom said.

"You can not be for universal health care unless you cover everybody, and in covering everybody you bring down the costs of your premiums, my premiums and the cost of the taxpayers", he stated. A March survey conducted by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found that nearly two-thirds of state residents support providing coverage to young adults who are not legally authorized to live in the country.

California, the institute notes, has more immigrants than any other state. And an estimated 14% of them are living in the state without legal status. A CNN poll conducted after the Democratic debates last month

"The bold moves by Gov. Newsom and the Legislature will save Californians hundreds of millions of dollars in premiums and provide new financial assistance to middle-income Californians, which will help people get covered and stay covered", said Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director. "We are doing a disservice to citizens who legally call California their home".

Trump has publicly attacked Newsom's plans. "It's insane", Trump told reporters last week. "And it's mean, and it's very unfair to our citizens".

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