Gov. Newsom signs illegal immigrant health care bill into law

July 10, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday that will extend government-funded health care coverage to young adult illegal immigrants at a cost of nearly $100 million a year.

The signing of SB 104 makes California the first state in the country to provide government-funded health care to illegal immigrants. Newsom said during a speech Tuesday that the measure is an incremental step toward providing health care to everyone under the age of 26 and eventually to universal coverage.

“We’re providing health care for everyone, regardless of immigration status,” Newsom said.

SB 104 will allow adults between the ages of 19 and 25 who are living in the United States illegally to become eligible for California’s Medicaid program. In order to participate in the program, it will also be necessary for the young adults to have an income low enough to qualify for Medicaid.

The program will cost an estimated $98 million and cover an additional 90,000 people. It will be funded, at least in part, by the state levying a tax on Californians who do not have health insurance, a policy modeled after the scrapped Obamacare penalty at the federal level.

Prior to reaching a compromise with Newsom, the state Senate proposed legislation that would cover illegal immigrant adults ages to 19 to 25 and 65 and older. An Assembly bill called for covering all illegal immigrants above the age of 19.

SB 104 passed the state Senate and Assembly on 28-11 and 56-17 votes respectively. Republican lawmakers have argued it is not fair to give health benefits to illegal immigrants while taxing people living in the state legally for not purchasing health insurance.

Expanded health care coverage under SB 104 will take effect in 2020.


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nazbol gang

This is disgusting. We can’t even take care of our own people and we’re rolling out the red carpet for the entire 3rd world. It’s almost like our country is being destroyed on purpose.


oldtimer

Well, if we keep reducing corperate and 1 percent taxes with old Reaganomic crap, no one will be taken care of.


shelworth

Vote for the Democrat so we’ll have open borders and a 50% Corporate tax rate? Go live in Venezuela for a while first then come back and spew that crap.


Rambunctious

Yet we live under a bankrupted power company that promises power outages and we have the highest gas tax in the nation..50,000 homeless in LA county alone…..drugs and gangs rule huge parts of our city’s….no one can afford a home or healthcare….but if you broke the law to get here you get free healthcare?…if you never paid a dime in CA tax you get free healthcare?….without screening to see whether you can afford it yourself?….Not every illegal immigrant is destitute….wake up people….you are being screwed big time….your children are being screwed…your grandchildren are being screwed….and your great grandchildren will be Texans….


RalphKane

It’s the Demonrat machine buying votes by hooking the lower classes on Free S***


BTW, Texas is purple and fast turning blue. Better to head to Idaho or Wyoming.


Rambunctious

Outrageous….where are the California GOP?…where are their lawyers?…why are we not taking this to the supreme court?…no wonder so many productive souls are leaving CA….


mercut1469

According to recent studies (see link), illegal immigrants pay a combined $3 billion a year in California state and local taxes. So cry me a river about how “hard-working” Californians are somehow being bilked by the governor. Some of the most “hard-working” people I know are illegals. I would dare any of the right-wing posters here to spend even one day cutting lettuce or picking strawberries.


https://itep.org/undocumented-immigrants-tax-contributions-in-california-county-by-county-analysis/


Robert1


DocT

There is no question in my mind that illegal immigrants are, for the most part, very hard-working people. I am fully on board with the free flow of capital across borders, including human capital. (labor)


But as a proponent of liberty, I am aghast that some of us are required to pay for goods and services for others that we cannot use ourselves. That’s nothing more and nothing less than a form of slavery. I’m against slavery.


If California wants health care coverage for all, then let the folks who pay the bills get the same “free” healthcare coverage their tax dollars provide to others.


mercut1469

Sounds like an endorsement of “Medicare for All.”


AmericaTheFree

Reality of what the vast majority of these folks contribute to our economy isn’t relative when the Party of Trump The Pervert needs another demon they can give their base so they can continue their skinning of this country to the benefit of the 1%ers without oversight or complaint.

I spent a day picking bell peppers in Indio years back; had no money comin’ in, just got out of prison and needed some work. I was invited by a Hispanic gentleman to accompany him to the fields, it was one of the toughest days of work I’ve ever done (I’ve fought fires, labored on construction sights, did roofing, and a ton of other “tough” jobs and none of them held a candle to “pickin'”). One day, that’s how long I lasted!

Alabama did the exact opposite of this, came down with some of the toughest immigration laws in the country and thousands fled that state in fear, and guess what? All those jobs they left behind, the good ol’ boys of the “righty whities” that bitch about jobs lost to these hard working people wouldn’t come fill those jobs as they were “beneath” them.

Here, read about it from the mouth piece of The Party of Trump The Pervert…


https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/alabamas-immigration-law-is-a-train-wreck


Now, if all of those here that bitch about these people and the work they do want to have a real effect on this subject, I challenge them to quit eating what these people put on their plates, to encourage their children to become hourly ag’ laborers, dish washers, general laborers and the like and quit their jobs and get to the fields and sign up! Yea, fat chance…

Bitch, bitch, bitch…


DocT

“”government-funded health care coverage to young adult illegal immigrants at a cost of nearly $100 million a year.””


I am a certified translation expert in several languages, including political-double-speak. The above statement, properly translated, reads thus:


“Taxpayor-funded health care coverage to any and all adult illegal immigrants at a cost that will not be less than 200 million dollars a year, increasing year over year by a large, yet to be determined amount.”


Congratulations to all illegal immigrants. I salute you on your victory. I hope that someday in the near future the people who must pay for this will also get “free” health insurance.


Cmonnow

Another nail in the California coffin. Just goes along with the “hairstyle” discrimination law. The clueless goof balls in Sacramento don’t provide anything much less healthcare. They simply throw reams of regulations and red tape at the current hea!thcare professionals. By universal he means single, government run, take a number and wait healthcare. Of course everything he wants to force feed us I can promise you be does NOT want for himself. Be wary and forewarned people of California…. We are being duped into accepting mediocrity and bureaucracy and paying handsomely for it. Nothing is improving, the cities and border are a disaster…. But its all about votes and they owe for getting elected…… How’s the time to make your voice heard…loudly


nazbol gang

Take a number and wait is the way it is now though. That the USA consistently rates at the bottom of healthcare metrics is objective fact. I don’t know what system or country you are referring to but Americas private system is crap and everyone knows it.


Snoid

Really? How many have you talked to from a country with government health care? I have several, and they say its terrible. Tell me what the government does right? The damn DMV cant even keep its head screwed on right and your gonna save people and improve their quality of life with the government health care, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha….


Snoid

And the hard working legal citizens of Commiefornia who have spent their lives getting robbed by their government for social give away’s, what do they get for free?. Its disgusting to think CA thinks it is the epicenter of all that is great. You’ve become blind thats is all. What you do have is an out of control homeless population,a housing affordability crisis, gridlock on the roads, infrastructure crumbling at your feet, trash piling up on the streets, people defecating in public, a mass disease epidemic admitted by top medical personnel on the verge. That’s what you have to fix a a priority and yet another $100 million giveaway to those who have no respect for the laws your own over reaching government created. What the hell is wrong with this picture?


nazbol gang

You get a free knock on your door if you have the wrong feature on your rifle or you insult a protected group online!


Snoid

I surely hope you dont think that’s a good thing. If so, you all deserve what you get.


Mjd

Folks,


Gavin Newsom should be recalled from office.


Here we have another whacky, progressive liberal politician giving away taxpayer money to people who are not even in the country legally, and I wonder if we can bring Newsom before a citizens posse and put him on trial for treason?


This is just another reason why people cannot trust the goofy Democrats with our tax dollars, and voters should abandon Democrats in 2020.


Speak truth to power.


Snoid

The most troubling part about this is, as I write this there are thousands of Californian’s who are celebrating a mass victory. I really just cant stomach this anymore, and can only come to one conclusion in that its about buying votes on somebody else’s dime. How much longer can the working population take this kind of crap from these people before a civil way breaks out?


Mitch C

This is stealing $100 million dollars from those of us who pay taxes in California. Why are we funding some pet project of the governor? What about instead using the $100 million dollars to address the homeless veteran problem. All that this $100 million dollar giveaway is a magnet to draw millions of other illegals. My final reason to depart California taking my tax dollars with me.