California’s governor vowed on Monday to continue expanding taxpayer funded health benefits to adults living in the country illegally next year. President Donald Trump had a response.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $214.8 billion operating budget last week that includes spending to make low-income adults 25 and younger living in the country illegally eligible for the state’s Medicaid program. California is the first state to do this, with an expected cost of $98 million to cover about 90,000 people
On Monday, Newsom told a crowd of supporters at Sacramento City College “we’re going to get the rest of that done.”
“Mark my words,” Newsom said. “We’re going to make progress next year and the year after on that. That’s what universal health care means. Everybody, not just some folks.”
Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Donald Trump said California doesn’t “treat their people as well as they treat illegal immigrants.”
“At what point does it stop? It’s crazy what they are doing,” he 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.”
Newsom’s comments highlight how quickly Democrats have embraced using tax dollars to provide services for people living in the country illegally. Former Democratic President Barack Obama’s health care law dramatically expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014, but only for people living in the country legally.
Last week, all 10 Democratic presidential candidates during the second night of a televised debate raised their hands when asked if they supported expanding Medicaid to cover people living in the country illegally. They included front-runners like former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.
Later, President Trump tweeted, “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!?”
He then added: “That’s the end of that race!”
California’s $214.8 billion operating budget, which took effect Monday, also brings back an Obama-era tax on people who refuse to purchase private health insurance. State officials will use the money from the tax to help middle income families — including families of four who earn as much as $150,000 a year — pay their monthly health insurance premiums.
This article was edited by TheBL.