600,000 New Yorkers have no health insurance. And health insurance costs are one of the top three biggest expenses for residents.
The City government has considerable power to bargain for health insurance. That power can be used to bargain for coverage that can include the half a million-plus residents who are undocumented, in cash-based jobs, like sex workers, or fall through the cracks of national health policy.
We also have to invest in our public hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities that provide critical care to the communities that have been decimated by COVID and are so necessary to the health and well-being of the communities they serve.