California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed universal health care for all low-income residents in his state, including illegal immigrants, as he revealed his 2022-23 state budget Monday.
The $213 billion California Blueprint also includes other controversial areas, including a gun buyback program.
CA Gov Newsom Unveils Plan to Provide Universal Health Care to all Illegal Immigrants https://t.co/36GKVp05Oi
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 11, 2022
Taxpayers Paying for Immigrant Health Care?
“Gov. Newsom’s universal health care proposal, which would expand access to Medi-Cal to all eligible residents regardless of immigration status starting January 2024, still falls short of his 2018 campaign trail promise: to create a single state-funded plan,” CalMatters noted.
Gov. Newsom’s universal health care proposal, which would expand access to Medi-Cal to all eligible residents regardless of immigration status starting January 2024, still falls short of his 2018 campaign trail promise: to create a single state-funded plan https://t.co/NVutgKsxia
— CalMatters (@CalMatters) January 11, 2022
Instead, the focus is on health care for all low-income residents, including illegal immigrants. The move would use state taxpayer dollars to provide health care for those in the state illegally, but not for those who make more than a certain level of income.
The state budget plan also includes expanded abortion services in a contrast with many states that are working to limit abortion services.
Unlike other states, California is EXPANDING ACCESS to abortion services.
Our new CA Blueprint expands flexibility for providers so more women can have more access to reproductive care.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 10, 2022
The budget includes taxpayer dollars for abortion services in a move that will certainly anger pro-life Californians.
“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,” the governor said in a press release.
“As California’s robust recovery continues, we’re doubling down on our work to ensure all our communities can thrive.”
The new plan will likely please progressives in the Golden State, but will continue to add to frustrations with many who see Newsom’s policies far too radical.