CA Gov Newsom proposes universal health care for illegal immigrants

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) wants the people of California to pay for the health care of the illegal immigrants who are residing in the state, Fox News reports

Newsom made the proposal as part of his 2022-23 state budget, called the California Blueprint plan, which he proposed on Monday.

Overall, Newsom’s budget comes to $213 billion. But, he claims that it will be supported by a $45.7 billion surplus.

“Here’s the big one”

Newsom’s budget includes a proposal that would provide universal health care to all low-income state residents. This includes the state’s illegal immigrant population.

“Here’s the big one,” Newsom said during a recent press conference: “California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage.”

“So, what does that mean?” Newsom asked. “It means full-scope Medi-Cal, including long-term care, IHSS [In-Home Supportive Services], and behavioral health to all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.”

What now?

It will be up to the California state legislator to decide whether or not to accept Newsom’s budget. Being California, there is a good chance that it will, and Newsom seemed confident his universal health care would be implemented, in its entirety, by January 2024.

“With major new investments to tackle the greatest threats to our state’s future, the California Blueprint lights the path forward to continue the historic progress we’ve made on our short-term and long-term challenges, including responding to the evolving pandemic, fighting the climate crisis, taking on persistent inequality and homelessness, keeping our streets safe and more,” Newsom said.

He added, “As California’s robust recovery continues, we’re doubling down on our work to ensure all our communities can thrive.”

Looking forward

Contrary to what Newsom had to suggest, California hasn’t exactly been thriving under his leadership. Businesses and people have been leaving the state at a rapid rate, according to news reports and the most recent Census data.

Newsmax, though, points out a likely consequence that would result from the California state legislator accepting Newsom’s budget, with universal health care for illegal immigrants, namely, that more illegal immigrants would flock to the state.

That’s one way to fix the state’s declining population.

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