Calif. extends healthcare coverage to undocumented young adults

The signing of SB 104 makes California the first state in the country to provide government-funded health care to illegal immigrants.

The new law will not cover all 19 to 25-year-olds, but only those with a low enough income to enroll in Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program for low-income residents.

Since 2016, California has allowed children under 18 to receive taxpayer-backed healthcare despite immigration status.

According to CNN, this new program would cost the state around $98 million in 2020 when it is first implemented.

However, critics argue this law will only incentivize illegal crossings and asylum seekers into the US, which is something President Trump has criticized the California governor of doing in the past. On Tuesday, Newsom mentioned the state legislation attracts a sharp distinction with Trump's immigration policies. 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.

The plan is similar to a part of President Barack Obama's health care law that Republicans in Congress eliminated as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.

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But without insurers getting the rebates, the bottom line would have been an increase in premiums. Drugmakers preferred the consumer rebate approach to other ideas that lawmakers are considering.

In California, extending health benefits to undocumented immigrants is widely popular. 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.

Not that the state is desperate for cash: California is projected to have a surplus of more than $20 billion, the largest in 20 years.

"The Democrats want to treat the illegals, with healthcare and with other things, better than they treat the citizens of our country", Trump told the reporters on July 1.

Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders say they plan to further expand coverage to more adults in the years to come. It is not clear how much it would cost in additional years, as the number of illegal immigrants in this age range in the state who participate in the program is likely to vary.

Trump has publicly attacked Newsom's plans. But we may need an election to stop it, and we may need to get back the House'. "We are doing a disservice to citizens who legally call California their home".

"It's insane what they're doing".

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