Federal Subsidy of California's Sanctuary Policies - Granite Grok

Federal Subsidy of California’s Sanctuary Policies

Gavin Newsom’s election as Governor of California came after saying his plan was to expand Medicare. He said he would cover every Californian, even illegal immigrants. Tuesday this week, Newsom signed into state law, State Bill 104. The bill extends health care benefits to illegal immigrants under Medicaid.

We don’t need no Rule of Law…

This state law attempts to skirt federal law. It does so by specifying illegal immigrants between the ages of 19-25. Additionally, California law already had guarantees coverage to illegal immigrants under the age of 19. This bill is about a sanctuary state spending federal money in an unauthorized way.

This issue arises because Medicaid is a federal program. Further, Medicaid specifically prohibits payment to a state for medical assistance furnished to an alien. It prohibits expenditure for those not lawfully admitted for permanent residence. The exclusion applies to all not permanently residing in the United States under color of law.

State’s Wrongs…

What this state law means is that California intends to intentionally and flagrantly misuse federal dollars. It intends to use federal money for a specifically prohibited purpose. The Hill reported earlier that State Bill 104, “… is estimated to cover about 90,000 low-income residents overall and comes with a roughly $98 million price tag.” That’s about $1,000 each for California illegal immigrant.

The question now becomes whether and when the federal government will respond. California is now spending New Hampshire, Texas, Montana, etc. tax dollars to California. It is doing so in contravention of the Medicaid program requirements. Unless and until we become the United States of California it would seem a response is required. Either we have and respect the rule of law or we do not.


If California does not like the program requirements; it does not have to participate. For such blatant disregard of federal law, it seems appropriate to cut off Medicaid money to the state. The action should be immediate. It should remain in place until the state comes into compliance with Medicaid requirements. That means until the state law is repealed or modified. This is yet another lawless act by a Sanctuary state.