California Governor Gavin Newsom Proposes Universal Health Care Plan That Would Cover Illegal Immigrants

During the release of his state budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a proposal that would give universal health insurance to all low-income citizens of his state, including illegal immigrants.

During a press conference, Newsom revealed his $213 billion California Blueprint proposal, which will be financed by a $45.7 billion state budget surplus. In the plan, which includes establishing a new statewide gun buyback program in the name of public safety, there is also a proposal to extend health care coverage to all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Newsom predicted that the proposal will be completely executed by January 2024.

In a press release, the California governor said, “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.”

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

He added, “Here’s the big one: California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage,” Newsom said during the conference. “So, what does that mean? 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.”

If adopted by state lawmakers, the legislation will allow illegal immigrants to seek abortions via the state’s Medi-Cal program, which is subsidized by the federal government.