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CA Dem Gov Candidate Gavin Newsom Backs Universal Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

CA Dem Gov Candidate Gavin Newsom Backs Universal Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

“San Francisco is the only universal healthcare plan for all undocumented residents in America. Very proud of that”

Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is likely to be California’s next governor. He has a considerable lead in the polls and he has the “right” position on all the issues for progressives in the state. When it comes to healthcare, he wants to cover everyone regardless of immigration status.

Megan Keller reports at The Hill:

California gov candidate backs universal healthcare for undocumented immigrants

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is running for governor, said in an interview released Tuesday that he would like to see the state pay for universal healthcare for all illegal immigrants.

“I did universal healthcare when I was mayor — fully implemented, regardless of pre-existing condition, ability to pay, and regardless of your immigration status,” Newsom told the podcast Pod Save America, referencing his stint as San Francisco’s mayor. “I’d like to see that extended to the rest of the state.

“San Francisco is the only universal healthcare plan for all undocumented residents in America. Very proud of that,” Newsom added, “And we proved it can be done without bankrupting the city.”

Newsom said the effort needs to be led by the “governor’s office” not the state legislature.

“The executive needs to lead it,” said Newsom.

Here’s the audio from the interview:

Not everyone in the state is on board with this idea. Robert Pearl, who is an M.D., writes at Forbes:

Will Single Payer Be The Demise Of Gov. Gavin Newsom?

This year, the rate of healthcare inflation will increase 2.2% (compared to a 1.9% increase in overall inflation), according to CMS. As a result, overall healthcare costs will rise 5.5% compared to a GDP that will increase only 3% to 4%. In other words, a healthcare system that’s already too expensive is about to get more so.

A government run, Medicare-for-all single-payer plan would be an economic nightmare. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office in California, such a system would cost more than double the state’s current budget and put taxpayers on the hook for $200 billion a year. The only way to generate the necessary funds would be for the legislators to (a) pass major tax increases on everyone, not just the wealthy or (b) strangle the state’s schools and public-safety programs.

They will do neither. Mandatory health coverage might work in a city as wealthy and progressive as San Francisco. But the plan faces too many financial obstacles to become statewide policy in California anytime soon.

Dr. Pearl is not alone in this sentiment. Angela Hart reports at the Sacramento Bee:

Doctor, hospital groups organize to oppose single-payer in California

A group of influential, deep-pocketed business and health care organizations that have long helped shape the legislative agenda in California have joined forces to oppose any future effort to craft a universal, single-payer health care system for the nation’s largest state.

The main focus of the coalition, called “Californians against the costly disruption of our health care,” is to kill any single-payer health care bill in the state Legislature, said Ned Wigglesworth, a political strategist for the coalition.

“As long as proponents plan to bring this back time and again, we think it’s important to have a strong, unified presence to oppose it,” Wigglesworth said, referring to Senate Bill 562, the 2017 single-payer bill pushed by the California Nurses Association that was shelved last year by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

This matters to you whether you live in California or not. For Newsom, the governor’s mansion is likely just a stopping point on his journey to the White House. If California goes single-payer, it will be held up as an example for the nation in 2020 and beyond.


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The Friendly Grizzly | August 29, 2018 at 7:04 am

Enjoy it, California. Go ahead and elect Newsome.

I hope it passes……every illegal, in every state, will be making the journey west. It might cause California to tip over.

And the money for it grows on trees!

    Massinsanity in reply to Whitewall. | August 29, 2018 at 8:04 am

    No state has benefitted more from the long running bull market that CA as this market has been led by tech stocks of which the Bay area is loaded. The huge run-up in the valuations of GOOG, FB, IPOs for SNAP, etc. private transactions for companies like WhatsApp have led to massive wealth creation and insane inflation in things like SF area real estate where I believe the median price for a home in SF itself is now about $1.6M.

    It the Bay area is has almost been like money growing on trees for the past several years.

    This dynamic has also filled the coffers in Sacramento with capital gains tax receipts and bailed the state out of what had been an approaching fiscal calamity 8-9 years ago. Of course politicians like Newsome never learn that periods of market performance like this never last and when they end it means that all that cap gains based revenue will disappear. When that happens CA will be a fiscal disaster once again and promising health care to everyone in the state regardless of citizenship status will only make it far, far worse.

      B Buchanan in reply to Massinsanity. | August 29, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Yep, for too many of my fellow Bay Area neighbors, the roller coaster only goes up, never down.

        PODKen in reply to B Buchanan. | August 30, 2018 at 6:34 pm

        If you’re a conservative … no matter how good your financial situation … the roller coaster only goes down. It’s positively oppressive here.

Bucky Barkingham | August 29, 2018 at 7:46 am

CA would be an example for the nation the same way that Venezuela is an example to the world.

The biggest thing with the stupidity of healthcare for all in California would be if there is enough time to bankrupt the state before he moves on to higher office running.

It’s hard to hold up a failing system and say look at this success. It’s easy to put something in place for a short time, propping it up with empty promises, and claim success.

Meanwhile, there is a huge problem with how much faster healthcare costs are going up, and have been since Obamacare had been shoved down our throats. While this is exactly how many saw it going who were opposed to it, there are polls (yeah, I’m not sure I buy it, but some will) that say Obamacare is more popular than the tax cut is. If there is any truth to that, it means the Republicans need to sell it more, need to show how it not only gave more to everyone for their own use, but increased the job marketplace having more jobs available.

And the R’s need to hammer home that under Obama things didn’t improve, they were stagnant at best, and it was Trump’s strategies which turned it around quite quickly.

the bad thing is, they will expect the rest of the country to bail them out

    Paul in reply to ronk. | August 29, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I logged on to say the same and see you beat me to it. Absolutely right, we will all be expected to pay for their lunacy. And that of Illinois and the other prog havens.

      ronk in reply to Paul. | August 30, 2018 at 3:52 am

      I’m sure that was running through a lot of peoples minds

      have you noticed the Democratic(Communist) nominee for governor of Fl wants the same thing, but he suggested a ‘confederation’ of states to pay for it

    Matt_SE in reply to ronk. | August 29, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Call your Congressmen right now and say “No bailout for California!” They’ll say “what are you talking about?” and you’ll say “You’ll see.”

    alaskabob in reply to ronk. | August 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Suggest an amendment…. any state declaring bankruptcy reverts to territorial status with no representation in Congress until 5 years after return to solvency and then statehood.

Under the Mexican constitution, Mexicans have a right to free health care. If those Mexicans choose to live in California, then the responsibility is legally transferred to California. This is true of numerous other Central American countries as well.

Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is likely to be California’s next governor.

His campaign has announced a new slogan to highlight his agenda: “A pile of poop on every street corner, and an illegal alien in every job.”


“Newsom said the effort needs to be led by the “governor’s office” not the state legislature.”

Pens & phones of the world unite!

Traitors within government across the USA. The Founders wrote what needs done when tyranny rears its ugly vile head.

Wealthy San Francisco recently hired a “Poop Patrol” at $130,000 per pooper to scoop up human poop plus used drug needles. Poop patrol is not scooping up poop throughout the city, only in the worst areas.

I hope they do it too. California does not have a Federal Reserve to print money. They have to tax people and sell bonds. The total collapse of that communist run state will be a lesson. Coming soon they will take the land of the White Farmers.

When the end comes for California, it will be incredibly swift. They’ve piled up debts that can’t be ameliorated on the downside. As soon as the revenue stops, the economy will utterly collapse.

You have to do it, California. Come on, show the rest of us rubes how it’s done!

You have to do it, California. Come on, show the rest of us rubes how it’s done!

The true sign will be when Aridzona starts to build a fence along their western border.

After I escaped Kali and immigrated to the promised land known as Texas (don’t worry, Texans, I didn’t bring any STDs with me) governor Moonbeem dispatched Newsom to come here and meet with proud new Texas business owner and supposedly inquire about why we left. I didn’t show up as if the gub’mint in Kali was remotely interested in what I thought leaving might not have been a necessity. I know some californios who did show up and sure enough the meeting went exactly as I expected.

Every time an ex-Californian told Nesom why they had left, Newsom kept saying, “No, that can’t be it.” They’re perfect. They can do no wrong. SF can’t pick up all the s*** and heroin needles the homeless are littering the streets but they can fight glowball warming. Seriously, in Kali fixing potholes is too hard but saving the planet and banning nuclear weapons? No problem.

Berkeley did ban the American flag. Some of their firefighters were flying it after 9/11.

“Berkeley’s Removal of U.S. Flags From Firetrucks Sparks Outrage”

They got around to outlawing that crap right quick.

A true wack job, perfect for California. Enjoy the fall!

Well it’s time for conservatives to step up the plate and start becoming entrepreneurs: start the next Facebook, the next Google, the next tweetchat time waste idiocy., Or possibly even a less goofy product or service ( but those are largely not profitable). If that’s what it takes, that’s what we gotta do.

Immigration reform in lieu of emigration reform, and redistributive change (e.g. cost-shifting to sustain inflated costs, minority choices and directives).