California Will be the First State to Achieve Universal Access to Healthcare

Gov. Gavin Newsom updates the state’s response to the coronavirus, at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Monday, March 30, 2020. Newsom announced the state is enlisting retired doctors and medical and nursing students to help treat an anticipated surge of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

California will be the first state to achieve universal access to healthcare coverage.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the breaking news Monday morning during a press conference.

The coverage is part of his effort to address what he termed five of the most populous state’s biggest challenges. Newsom’s administration claimed the following as “existential threats”:

  • Surging coronavirus pandemic
  • Wildfires and drought worsened by global warming
  • Homelessness
  • Income inequality including the lack of health insurance for some immigrants
  • Public safety, including combatting a recent flurry of coordinated smash-and-grab robberies

“Unlike other states, California is EXPANDING ACCESS to abortion services.” Newsom continued to tweet, “Our new CA Blueprint expands flexibility for providers so more women can have more access to reproductive care.”

Newsom explained, “With a surplus of over $45.7 BILLION — California is a model for the nation on how we can confront our greatest existential threats and make historic investments in our future. We can lead with science and still have a successful economy.”

Watch Newsom’s full press conference here.

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