UPDATED 8:57 AM PT – Wednesday, July 10, 2019
California has officially become the first state to offer health benefits to illegal immigrants, and it’s all on a taxpayer’s dime. State Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law on Tuesday that will grant taxpayer funded benefits to young adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program.
Low income adults aged 25 or younger all qualify for this program regardless of immigration status. Most notably, California already covers children 18 years and younger despite legal merit.
According to state officials, about 90,000 people are expected to be covered by the new plan, but not without a cost. The move will reportedly cost approximately $98 million per year, with that expected to increase in the future.
Newsom recently defended the bill by claiming the move will improve health care in the state overall.
“You cannot be for universal health care unless you cover everybody, and in covering everybody you bring down the costs of your premiums, my premiums and the cost of the taxpayers,” he stated.
However, critics argue this law will only incentivize illegal crossings and asylum seekers into the U.S., which is something President Trump has criticized the California governor of doing in the past.
“Governor Newsom honestly is living in a different world and that’s a very dangerous world he’s living in, and if he keeps living there — lots of problems for the people of California,” said the president. “They don’t want that — they want to be secure, they want to be safe.”
Newsom, along with his Democrat base, plans to eventually expand this health care coverage for all adults in the state. So far, government funded programs have certain health care coverage for illegal’s such as medical emergencies or pregnancies.