There was never any doubt that Gavin Newsom was going to drag California even further to the left once he got into the governor’s mansion, but even some of his supporters may have been surprised by the progressive agenda he unveiled on Monday.
Only a short while before being sworn in to replace the outgoing Jerry Brown, Newsom let California’s exploding population of illegal aliens know to a certainty that he had their backs. Revealing a broad plan to expand and protect the Affordable Care Act, bring single-payer healthcare to the state, and let illegal immigrants stay on the state’s Medi-Cal plan until the age of 26, Newsom made it clear that he was more interested in fighting the White House than in practicing measured control over California’s budget.
“People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the balance,” Newsom said. “The country is watching us, the world is watching us. The future depends on us, and we will seize this moment.”
In a statement announcing the proposals on the governor’s website, it reads:
Two years ago, California took an important step toward health care for all by covering undocumented youth under the state’s Medi-Cal program. In his budget, Governor Newsom will propose California take another major step toward universal coverage, by extending Medi-Cal eligibility to undocumented young adults who otherwise meet the program’s eligibility requirements. It will make California the first state in the nation to cover young undocumented adults through a state Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act allows most young adults to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26. Undocumented young adults should not have to worry about losing their health coverage when they turn 19.
It is, of course, a fact that the Affordable Care Act’s legality hangs in the balance, with or without California’s new proposals. A Texas judge has ruled the law unconstitutional, though he issued a stay on his own ruling until the appeals process is finished. The ruling will undoubtedly be challenged in the Supreme Court, and even some conservative legal experts say it is unlikely to survive. That said, it’s precarious position gives liberals like Newsom plenty of ammunition to “fix healthcare” while also taking shots at the president from afar.
Newsom is widely seen as someone who wants to turn the governorship into an eventual run for the White House, but in the short-term, he is bad news for any Californians who wanted to see the state take a step back from the precipice of welcoming every illegal immigrant in the world. He has already vowed to fight hard to keep California’s sanctuary policies in place and enforced, and he has vowed to fight the Trump administration’s efforts to build a wall across the southern border.
Sometimes it’s hard to know if these politicians are really doing what they think is best for their state or if they’re just building up a leftist resume they can point to when they run for president. Either way, it amounts to the same for the people who will be affected.