Gov. Gavin Newsom joined KNX In-Depth Thursday afternoon to recap what he's covered on his recent health care tour, the proposed California mandate on health insurance, a new task force he created to address the homeless crisis and the high-speed rail drama with the federal government.
Newsom talked about his recent health care tour to cities like LA, San Diego and San Francisco that included how to cut drug prices, how illegal immigrant adults would be covered by Medi-Cal and the Obamacare revivals.
Specifically, a state mandate that would require Californians to pay a penalty if they do not have health insurance.
It was part of the Affordable Care Act but Congress rolled back the penalty.
The governor tells KNX In Depth since it was eliminated, there has been a 24-percent decrease in enrollment and premiums have gone up by five-percent.
The governor says the Trump administration has "vandalized" the law.
He said his goal is universal healthcare and he's not ideological on how to achieve it.
"I just want to do it in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Multi-payer system is neither cost efficient or effective," he said.
This week California went to bat against the government by saying it would sue to block the Trump administration from canceling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project.
It's an ongoing feud between the state and the federal government when last week the Federal Railroad Administration said it would not give the state the money awarded by Congress almost 10 years ago, saying it had not made enough progress.
In the past, Newsom has said the move is retribution because of California's criticism of Trump's immigration policies.
When it comes to the homeless crisis, Newsom said "we own this, we need to fix it."
"There's been no intentionality," he said.
Newsom said one of the frustrations of living in LA County is it can't do everything alone.
"What about the rest of the counties? Neighboring counties? What about cities, large cities? LA itself can't do the job of all the jobs of the other 80 plus cities in the county. Everybody has to row in the same direction," Newsom said.
In the past, the governor has called the homeless epidemic a "national disgrace." He's proposing the state increase spending on homelessness calling for $1 billion in next year's budget to address the issue.
Newsom says the task force will work with local governments to develop regional plans to try to solve the problem.