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California Becomes First State to Offer Health Care to Illegal Immigrants

The bill, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, provides government-subsidized health benefits to undocumented immigrants who are 25 and younger.

By NTK Staff | 07.10.2019 @9:12am
California Becomes First State to Offer Health Care to Illegal Immigrants

The state of California became the first in the U.S. to offer government-subsidized health care to illegal immigrants on Tuesday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed the bill into law, which would extend “coverage to low-income, undocumented adults age 25 and younger for the state’s Medicaid program,” according to National Public Radio (NPR).

The state has allowed children under the age of 18 to receive “taxpayer-backed healthcare despite immigration status” since 2016.

During last month’s Democratic presidential debates, every candidate on the stage on night 2 raised their hand to indicate they supported granting government-backed health care to illegal immigrants.

But that measure is opposed by most Americans, per a poll released by CNN last week.

According to the poll, 59 percent said the oppose giving government-run health care to undocumented immigrants. Just 38 percent said they support that practice, and 3 percent had no opinion.

However, the law granting young illegal immigrants government-backed health care is popular in California. A March poll found that nearly two-thirds of state residents supported the bill.

“We are going to be a magnet that is going to further attract people to a state of California that’s willing to write a blank check to anyone that wants to come here,” one Republican state senator said, according to NPR. “We are doing a disservice to citizens who legally call California their home.”

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