How Two Governors And A Mayor Plan To Plug The Holes In Obamacare
Leaders in California, Washington state and New York City want to advance new coverage plans without Uncle Sam — and in defiance of President Donald Trump.
After nine years of playing defense on Obamacare, Democratic leaders at the state and local level want to go on offense when it comes to health care.
New plans announced by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week also demonstrate that ideas short of single-payer could partially address the shortcomings of America’s health care system ― and reach people the Affordable Care Act did not.
Newsom, Inslee and de Blasio all support the implementation of a national, government-run single-payer health care system, but that’s not the focus of this round of policy proposals.
Instead, the two governors are calling for new programs ― and spending ― to shore up the health insurance market for people who find Affordable Care Act exchange policies too expensive. In New York, the mayor is eyeing a local plan to use city money to cover medical expenses for uninsured residents. The California and New York City proposals include assistance for undocumented immigrants, who are ineligible for federal programs like Medicaid and the health insurance exchanges.
Democrats are bullish on health care as an electoral issue after focusing on President Donald Trump’s agenda during the midterm elections last year, during which the party won control of the U.S. House and made gains in state legislatures and governors’ offices around the country. In addition, voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah ― three reliably Republican states ― approved ballot initiatives to expand coverage for low-income residents through Medicaid.