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The Approach Gov. Newsom is Implementing to Achieve ‘Single Payer’

A backdoor plan to cover the health care of all young undocumented immigrants

By Katy Grimes, May 7, 2019 7:55 am

Gov. Gavin Newsom presents 2019 budget. (Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to cover the health care of young undocumented immigrants – children and young adults – and it would divert public health funding from 45 counties tasked with serving poor populations. This is a backdoor way straight into Newsom’s single payer plan.

Newsom says the counties the money is being taken from would no longer need it, as low-income young adults will be covered by the state – in a single payer style, state run health plan.

In his 2019-20 budget plan, the Governor proposed expanding eligibility to undocumented young adult immigrants from age 19 through 25, at a cost of $260 million just for 2019-2020. Newsom’s revised budget plan will be released May 14.

During his speech on his new budget in January, Newsom already had unveiled his health care plan to continue and even expand the federal Affordable Care Act, to include and expand coverage for health care for illegal immigrants and give the state new powers to negotiate pharmaceutical drug prices.

“It’s time for the individual mandate,” Newsom said. “The President is wrong, and California is right,” he said referring to Congress overturning the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, because it penalized people with a fine for not having health insurance. “The revenue it generates will be used to subsidize people in poverty. Then we can expand eligibility from 400 percent to 600 percent through Covered California,” he added. However, this will need legislation. As for conflicting with the federal government on this, Newsom said that the Trump Administration has granted some states waivers, and said he feels California could also receive one.

However, the current plan robs from Peter to pay Paul: “As a result of the reduced funding, Sacramento County also would have to slash health services to its unauthorized immigrant residents — the very people Newsom aims to help — by an estimated 75%,” the Sacramento Bee reported. Every California county would be required to give up millions of dollars to this plan. These same counties are suffering under the homeless explosion, measles outbreaks, and many other health concerns with the low-income population.

The $260 million required to cover this plan might have had state and federal governments help with the Medicaid costs, however, California would have to bear the full cost of covering the undocumented illegal population.

The California State Association of Counties warned in a letter that Newsom’s plan “severely restricts the amount of funding available for indigent health care in their communities, including, in some cases, health care for undocumented people.”

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?
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5 thoughts on “The Approach Gov. Newsom is Implementing to Achieve ‘Single Payer’

  1. A pure destructive Communist fantasy that will force residents to leave the state. the rich or the poor got options, those in the middle will end up seeking a relocation solution to states where the demented lefties are not in power.

  2. Its often said that Californians get the government they deserve but it’s not always true in every case. We lived in southern California for 8 years from 2004-2012 and finally had to get out of there before we lost everything.

    While I never once voted for the leftist crazies I still got to endure the results of all their insane props, laws, regulations and rules both real and imagined. So did I get the government I deserved? Even though there are many conservatives in the state the major urban centers are hell bent on becoming communists. The sooner the better seems to be their mantra. And Newsom seems bent on obliging them, the sooner the better.

  3. People need to stop saying “single payer” and use the correct term, “government run”. Like the DMV.

  4. When he was Lieutenant Governor, he sat on the board of the University of California. That system maintains numerous health plans, and he could have shown some leadership to open them up to the public on Covered California exchanges as a nonprofit spinoff. Instead, he didn’t show up to 60% of the meetings. Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands all have excellent healthcare and universal coverage but they do not have single payor. Single payor is scary. I want to walk away and take my business elsewhere if the single payor gives me BS. Can you imagine a national single payor? Congress would get clogged with Orrin Hatch yammering about what the single payor should pay for. Actually, the UK’s question time is like this with the NHS.

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