California Considers Spending Billions on Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

“There’s 3.4 billion reasons why it is a challenge,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom says of legislation in the state Assembly that would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19, costing the Golden State an estimated $3.4 billion. (Photo: Steve Jennings /WireImage/Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan for government-funded health care for illegal immigrants is frugal compared to proposals by other Democratic leaders in his state.

Newsom, the progressive first-term governor of California and ardent opponent of the Trump administration, wants to offer free health care services to low-income illegal migrants between the ages of 19 and 25. The plan is estimated to cost the state $98 million a year to operate.

“Young people feel the crunch of the cost crisis acutely—from high rents and student debt. Health care shouldn’t be one more worry,” Newsom said in a press release. “We are helping young adults when they come off their parents’ plan and assisting those who may not be able to join onto a parents’ insurance policy.”

Despite the nearly $100 million annual price tag, Newsom’s plan appears conservative when contrasted with the options being touted in the California state capitol.

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