California’s progressive politics are taking yet one more step forward. On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed his new budget proposal which includes expanding the state’s Medi-Cal health coverage to all low-income illegal immigrants in the state.
National Review reports: “The Golden State already began offering coverage to low-income illegal immigrants 26 and under in 2019 and added coverage for those 55 and older last year. Now, the Democratic governor has proposed covering the remainder beginning no sooner than January 1, 2024.”
As the Associated Press notes, Newsom did not unveil a plan on how to pay for the massive additional costs, nor how he would phase in the coverage. This move makes California the first state to provide universal health care access for all residents regardless of legal status.
One legislative analysis estimated the cost could be upwards of $2.4 billion per year. National Review writes the expansion is included in Newsom’s $286 billion state budget which “makes use of a projected $45.7 billion surplus.”
Newsom’s bill does include $300 million to beef up law enforcement efforts, a necessary tool after liberal policies have increased retail theft tremendously. His bill also includes “$2 billion for mental health services, housing and cleaning homeless encampments to address the state’s homelessness problem.”
Newsom identifies “existential threats” that face the state as justification for his spending proposals. Those include the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and drought brought on by global warming, homelessness, income inequality which includes the lack of health insurance for illegal immigrants and public safety.
College to begin offering abortion pill on campus
Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.
Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.
“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.
- Analysis: the 7.2 million illegals Biden has let enter the U.S. is larger than the population of 36 states
- Report finds Hamas ‘systematically and intentionally’ committed sexual crimes and ‘sadistic practices’
- Report: Hezbollah tunnels ‘more advanced’ than Hamas, extend into Israel and possibly Syria
Israel6 days ago
Iran-backed Houthis recruiting ‘thousands’ of children after Oct 7 massacre
Immigration6 days ago
Feds bust ‘sophisticated’ trucking operation smuggling drugs in fire extinguishers after two year operation
China6 days ago
Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border
Immigration3 days ago
FBI warns Venezuelan, other foreign gangs ‘exploiting migratory surge’ at U.S. border