California Governor Gavin Newsom made his state the first in the nation to extend health care coverage to young migrant adults.
ABC News reports the governor “signed into law Senate Bill 104, which extends access to Medi-Cal, the state’s health care insurance program for low-income residents, to all residents age 19 to 25, regardless of immigration status.”
The state had previously provided healthcare coverage to illegal immigrants under the age of 19, but the new law extends these benefits to all migrants under the age of 25.
The new law will cost taxpayers across the state an additional $98 million, ABC News reports.
President Trump criticized the law as “crazy” and unfair to taxpayers.
“If you look at what they’re doing in California, how they’re treating people, they don’t treat their people as well as they treat illegal immigrants,” Trump said last week. “So at what point does it stop? It’s crazy what they’re doing. It’s crazy. And it’s mean, and it’s very unfair to our citizens.”
Newsom, who was sworn into office this year after winning the governorship in 2018, said the new law promotes the Democratic ideology of universal healthcare.
“If you believe in universal health care, you believe in universal health care,” Newsom said per the report. “We are the most un-Trump state in America when it comes to health policy.”
As ABC News reports, universal healthcare and having taxpayers cover the healthcare costs of illegal immigrants is mostly supported by Democratic voters. Most American voters, however, oppose the policy:
Democratic candidates for president have also been prompted to weigh in on government-subsidized health care benefits for unauthorized immigrants.
Last month, on the second night of the first Democratic debate, presidential hopefuls were askedwhether their health care plan would cover undocumented immigrants. All ten candidates on stage raised their hand.
“This is not about a handout,” said South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “This is an insurance program. We do ourselves no favors by having 11 million undocumented people in our country be unable to access health care.”
“We already pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants,” noted former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ “It’s called the emergency room.”
A recent CNN poll found that roughly 60% of Democratic voters are in favor of “health insurance coverage provided by the government” for undocumented immigrants.
The rate of support, however, shrunk significantly when looking at all American voters, with 59% opposed and only 38% in favor.