Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that California will be providing healthcare free of charge! The only caveat is that you must be an illegal migrant who does not contribute to the state’s economy. Around 700,000 migrants in California will now receive tax-payer subsidized healthcare.
Newsom’s plan is the largest expansion of insurance coverage since Obamacare. The program will be under the state’s Medi-Cal, and EVERY illegal immigrant who makes it to California will receive this luxury. I say “luxury” as the average American paid $13,493 for healthcare in 2022, according to National Health Expenditure. That is the amount for a healthy American, as one short hospital stay would cost significantly more.
America pays more for healthcare than any other nation. The US surpassed $4.3 trillion in healthcare spending in 2021, as healthcare, like everything else, grew in cost after COVID. Healthcare spending was only 5% of GDP in 1960 but surpassed 18% by 2021. As for Medicare, 65 million people were enrolled in 2022. America’s population is aging and over 20% of the population will qualify for Medicare by, you guessed it, 2030.
The Congressional Budget Office believes Medicare spending will double over the next 30 years into 2053, which is near yet another turning point. US GDP spending on Medicare alone will rise from 3.1% in 2023 to 5.5% in 2053. These figures do not account for the illegal migrants under Medicare through California’s Medi-Cal program. I won’t even begin to discuss how the US is funding foreign nation’s healthcare costs with tax dollars.
“In California, we believe everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage — regardless of income or immigration status. Through this expansion, we’re making sure families and communities across California are healthier, stronger, and able to get the care they need when they need it,” Newsom’s office told reporters.
So, how much will this endeavor cost California? Estimates are always on the low end. Currently, the state plans to spend $1.2 billion in the first six months before increasing its spending to $3.1 billion annually. California does not have the funding for this endeavor. In fact, the state is currently experiencing a $68 billion deficit and boasts the largest homeless population in the country. Newsom is yet another enemy of the American people who uses our money for virtue pandering while completely ignoring the people he vowed to represent.