(Pamela Cosel, Headline USA) California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom proved once again how much he loves spending taxpayer dollars to fund special benefits for criminals, announcing a state budget that includes billions of dollars to expand Medi-Cal and give so-called free health insurance to illegal immigrants.
The program, slated to start in January 2024, will give benefits to 700,000 undocumented residents between the ages of 26-49, Brietbart reported.
The state currently allows illegal immigrants to join Medi-Cal. This past May, the program included coverage for people older than 50. Newsom inked his approval of the state’s $307.9 billion state budget, which includes $42.7 billion for expansion of the Medi-Cal coverage, according to The Epoch Times via Zero Hedge.
Newsom bragged about the massive expansion of expenditures for illegal aliens, proclaiming that “This is what being ‘pro-life’ ACTUALLY looks like.”
NEW: Just signed our budget. California will now be the first state in the nation to achieve universal access to healthcare coverage.
This is what being “pro-life” ACTUALLY looks like.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 1, 2022
California becomes the first state in the country to provide this kind of coverage, using billions of dollars of taxpayer money. The Newsom budget sets aside $2.7 billion for the expansion to provide healthcare for illegals.
The funds will be managed by a new Office of Health Care Affordability, according to the governor’s website, proving again that Newsom and California’s leftist-majority legislature love adding to bureaucracy.
According to an estimate done by the Pew Research Center, California has approximately 2.2 million illegal immigrants living in the state. With the Biden administration’s open border, concerns are growing that the new policy set by Newsom will attract even more immigrants to enter the USA illegally.
The new budget also includes providing food stamps for illegal immigrants who are over the age of 55. The program is expected to attract as many as 75,000 applicants each year, costing an estimated $113.4 million.