Calif. Democrat Gavin Newsom Promising to Bring Government-Paid Healthcare to Illegal Aliens

Democrat Gavin Newsom is running for governor of California and will more than likely win. So, with a full head of steam, Newsom is now promising to bring single-payer, 100 percent government-run healthcare to California and he also intends to allow illegal aliens to access this “free” healthcare.

Newsom recently commented on his plan:

“I’d like to see if we can control our own destiny,” Newsom said. He continued, “I’m not naive about it. I did universal health care when I was Mayor [of San Francisco], fully implemented regardless of pre-existing conditions, ability to pay, and regardless of your immigration status.”

“San Francisco is the only universal health care system for all undocumented residents in America, very proud of that. We proved it could be done without bankrupting the city. I’d like to see that we can extend that to the rest of the state.”

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A recent estimate of what it would cost to eliminate all private healthcare insurance and implement a state takeover all healthcare providers calculated that it would cost $400 billion EVERY YEAR. And, if you’ve ever paid attention to the history of estimates like this, you’ll know that this calculated cost is probably too low maybe even by half.

This cost of $400 billion a year is more than double California’s entire state budget (and I mean its whole budget, not just its healthcare costs). So… where is all this money coming from?

But as Hot Air’s John Sexton reported, Newsom also noted that California has a homeless problem. But Sexton has a perfect point to highlight Newsome’s disconnect between free healthcare and homelessness:

But what does Newsom think is going to happen when he announces single payer health care regardless of immigration status? That’s going to be a huge magnet for illegal immigration from across the border but also from illegal immigrants currently spread out around the country. How is California going to pay for all of that?

Good question, John!

Still, also as Sexton notes, maybe there is a small voice of sanity on the Gold4en State as the business community therea is warning that the state will be utterly bankrupted by Newsom’s free healthcare ideas.

The Sacrament Bee wrote:

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.

Take a look at Newsom’s comments:

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