UPDATE: California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Bill To Provide Free Healthcare Benefits To Undocumented Immigrants
California lawmakers met on Sunday and agreed to expand healthcare coverage to some immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The outlines of the state’s 2020 budget is set to offer government-funded healthcare Medi-Cal for low-income adults ages 19-25 who are in the country illegally.
In order to make this happen, Democrats in the state legislature will use $98 million of the $213 billion of state and federal tax-payer money for healthcare coverage for 90,000 illegal immigrants, according to BBC News.
The measure is still yet to be approved by the governor and full legislation with the final vote is coming in a few weeks.
State lawmakers have proposed taxing people who do not have health insurance, drawing similarities to the “individual mandate” that was imposed under the Obama administration.
The healthcare benefits will not be available for elderly illegal immigrants, though State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo proposed a bill to expand coverage to seniors over the age of 65.
Newsom rejected the plan due to the cost, which would be $3.4 billion, according to BBC News.
“The budget adopted by the Conference Committee is balanced, creates historic reserves,” said Newsom in a news release from his office.
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING:
Andrew Clark, director of Rapid Response for the Trump 2020 campaign took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
“California Democrats new $100 million plan in the works will start providing healthcare to illegal immigrants..and pay for it by taxing people (legal residents!) who don’t have health insurance.”
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING:
Executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center Cynthia Buiza praised the deal, but still wanted more to be done.
“The exclusion of undocumented elders from the same health care their U.S. citizen neighbors are eligible for means beloved community members will suffer and die from treatable conditions,” said Buiza.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Monday, making California the first state in the country to provide healthcare to illegal immigrants.
President Trump’s response on Monday criticized the bill, saying that California doesn’t “treat their people as well as they treat illegal immigrants.”
“It’s crazy what they are doing,” Trump said. “And it’s mean. And it’s very unfair to our citizens, and we’re going to stop it. But we may need an election to stop it, and we may need to get back the House.”