Gavin Newsom is running for Governor in California, and he’s already bragging about his plans to drive the state into financial oblivion. The gubernatorial candidate just announced his plans to launch a universal healthcare program for illegal immigrants state-wide. In any other state, such an idea might send would-be voters running for the hills, but on the Left Coast, it seems anything goes.
In an interview on Pod Save America, Newsom recalled his time as the Mayor of San Francisco, a once-beautiful city that now more closely resembles a poorly kept port-a-potty. The current state of SF is nothing to write home about, but Newsom would like to expand the city’s universal healthcare policy state-wide.
“The only way in a state whose population’s larger than 163 nations — California’s economy is larger than all but four nations, the fifth largest economy — to approximate a strategy for universal health care is with the support and concurrence of the governor, and that’s frankly — it’s not an indictment — it’s just what’s been missing in the past,” Newsom contended. Amazon.com Gift Card i... Buy New $25.00 (as of 07:40 EDT - Details)
“I did universal health care when I was mayor, fully implemented regardless pre-existing condition, ability to pay and regardless of your immigration status. San Francisco is the only universal health-care plan for all undocumented residents in America, very proud of that, and we proved it can be done without bankrupting in the city. I’d like to see that we can extend that to the rest of the state,” he added.
California is a financial sinkhole
Whether or not the city was “bankrupted” is still up for debate. According to a March 2018 report, San Francisco is $10 billion in debt — not exactly the shining beacon of financial stability that Newsom makes it out to be. The trend of rising debts in SF is not new; in 2016, Truth in Accounting reported that the city was $16,400 in debt per taxpayer.