CA Gov. Newsom pushes new health care plan to help illegal aliens

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From Fox News: Shortly after he took office on Monday, California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom unearthed an unprecedented new health care agenda for his state, aimed at offering dramatically more benefits to illegal immigrants and protecting the embattled Affordable Care Act, which a federal judge recently struck down as unconstitutional.

The sweeping proposal appeared destined to push California — already one of the nation’s most liberal states — even further to the left, as progressive Democrats there won a veto-proof supermajority in the state legislature in November and control all statewide offices.

“People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the balance,” Newsom, 51, told supporters Monday in a tent outside the state Capitol building, as he discussed his plans to address issues from homelessness to criminal justice and the environment. “The country is watching us, the world is watching us. The future depends on us, and we will seize this moment.”

Newsom unveiled his new health-care plan hours after a protester interrupted his swearing-in ceremony to protest the murder of police Cpl. Ronil Singh shortly after Christmas Day. The suspect in Singh’s killing is an illegal immigrant with several prior arrests, and Republicans have charged that so-called “sanctuary state” policies, like the ones Newsom has championed, contributed to the murder by prohibiting state police from cooperating with federal immigration officials.

As one of his first orders of business, Newsom — who also on Monday requested that the Trump administration cooperate in the state’s efforts to convert to a single-payer system, even as he bashed the White House as corrupt and immoral — declared his intent to reinstate the ObamaCare individual mandate at the state level.

The mandate forces individuals to purchase health care coverage or pay a fee that the Supreme Court described in 2012 as a “tax,” rather than a “penalty” that would have run afoul of Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Last month, though, a federal judge in Texas ruled the individual mandate no longer was a constitutional exercise of Congress’ taxing power because Republicans had passed legislation eliminating the tax entirely — a move, the judge said, that rendered the entire health-care law unworkable.

As that ruling works its way to what analysts say will be an inevitable Supreme Court showdown, Newsom said he would reimpose it in order to subsidize state health care.

Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, according to Newsom’s new agenda. The previous age cutoff was 19, as The Sacramento Bee reported.

Additionally, Newsom announced he would sign an executive order dramatically expanding the state’s Department of Health Care Services authority to negotiate drug prices, in the hopes of lowering prescription drug costs.
In his inaugural remarks, Newsom hinted that he intended to abandon the relative fiscal restraint that marked the most recent tenure of his predecessor, Jerry Brown, from 2011 to 2019. Brown sometimes rebuked progressive efforts to spend big on various social programs.

“For eight years, California has built a foundation of rock,” Newsom said. “Our job now is not to rest on that foundation. It is to build our house upon it.”

Newsom added that California will not have “one house for the rich and one for the poor, or one for the native-born and one for the rest.”

In a statement, the California Immigrant Policy Center backed Newsom’s agenda.

“Making sure healthcare is affordable and accessible for every Californian, including undocumented community members whom the federal government has unjustly shut out of care, is essential to reaching that vision for our future,” the organization said. “Today’s announcement is an historic step on the road toward health justice (First time I’ve heard of “health justice.” Liberals always love to distort language.) for all.”

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6 responses to “CA Gov. Newsom pushes new health care plan to help illegal aliens

  1. But not for homeless or disabled veterans. Such are Gavin’s priorities.

    Meanwhile, Californians continue to flee the state. A recent study found a new phenomenon unseen in the past — Californian retirees are leaving for other states.

     
    • Yes indeed, who wants to live in a place ruled by lunatics?

       
    • Who in their right mind would want to live in “Queer Nation” overrun by illegal aliens and homeless junkies? The Governor is “gay”, so is his “significant other”.

      Just cut all federal funds. They could divert that wall Northward.

       
  2. I don’t think the phehonmenon is new, and certainly bound to get much worse. When I left CA, Uhaul was not renting trailers for one way trips. What does that say?!

     
  3. Commiefornia is a disaster with this idiot telling the proggie imbeciles that what they are seeing isn’t real & that they are living in liberal utopia. That is except for the hundreds of thousands fleeing to other “less liberal” states unfortunately bringing their idiotic destructive ideas with them. I know I moved to Idaho as soon as I could and I love it here! People actually speak English, every day we see more & more CA refugees.
    Those that can flee, are and his statement about one for the rich and one for the poor is complete hypocrisy. CA is the dems model for all of America.
    I jokingly call it commiefornia but its actually Mexifornia. The complete state is inhabited by millions-millions of Mexicans and other misc minorities. English is not the spoken language. Caucasians are the minority. (btw-never check ‘white’ on forms, white is not a race it is a color-its insulting-I always cross it out and write in Caucasian-sometimes with explanation-;)
    The major issues is illegals seeking medical care as they go thru the ER in hospitals-this poses a problem for those that are legal and actually need to go to the ER but have to wait 8 hrs or more to be seen. It is common knowledge if you need to go to the ER to call an ambulance to take you to be seen before the queue of illegals.
    CA gov thinks giving them “insurance” & access to doctors is going to relieve this huge problem. They are hugely mistaken, these people do not want any records of themselves, their illegal status etc. The Obamacare/healthcare system is all about a “national” database of records.
    Healthcare is not a “right” but they have made it one. The illegals won’t change their behavior bc Gov Nuisance wants it to be so. He is a liberal ideologue living in la la land.
    Good luck CA – you are going to need it.

     
    • You know, if they would just cut their funds and let them twist in the wind this would come to an agonizing halt. How are they going to pay for this? It’s bankrupt already.

      It’s the same in Washington. They will ask for a state income tax to pay for their “healthcare” scam. So, in California (and to some extent Washington) they are inviting illegals in to vote for more free stuff while the few with jobs are supposed to pay for it.

       

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