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Gov. Newsom holds health care rally in San Diego

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Posted at 9:57 AM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 10:25:28-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gov. Gavin Newsom will concluded his "California for All'' Health Care Tour in San Diego Saturday by holding a rally to reaffirm his position on women's reproductive health services.

Newsom had been on on the promotional tour since Tuesday, stopping in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento to discuss the health care initiatives in his proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

According to Newsom, his proposed initiatives would lower health care costs, expand on former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and make progress toward a single-payer health care system.

The program would also bring back the Obamacare-era healthcare mandate that penalizes anyone who doesn't have healthcare coverage.

Should state legislators approve Newsom's proposed budget, it would expand Medi-Cal coverage to adults ages 19-25 in California without illegally, offer subsidies to middle-income families with private health insurance and allocate $100 million for reproductive and sexual health care education and programs.

"No state has more at stake on the issue of health care. California must lead,'' Newsom said before the start of the tour. "From fighting for cheaper prescription drugs to increasing access to reproductive health care, California is fighting for more health care for all Californians.''

The rally is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. The event is not open to the public, according to Newsom's office.