Kentucky governor wants 100 percent health coverage for African American residents
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, is planning to pursue 100 percent health coverage for African American residents of his state. The governor’s plan stems from reports released that show a higher number of COVID-19 cases in the African American community.
“This is just the first commitment in making up for the inequality that Dr. King said was one of the most severe: inequality in health care,” Beshear said on Monday. “We’re going to be putting dollars behind it, we’re going to have a multifaceted campaign to do it. It is time, especially during COVID-19.”
Approximately 20,000 of Kentucky’s African American residents are uninsured according to new reports. The demographic makes up for only eight percent of the state’s population but roughly 19 percent of COVID-19 cases.
“It simply can’t be allowed to continue any longer,” said Beshear. “And it shouldn’t have taken this type of pandemic, or it shouldn’t have taken these types of demonstrations for us to commit to ending it.”
Many critics of Beshear immediately asked how the governor intended to accomplish the task of insuring so many.
“Our goal, and it’s a short-term goal, is to make sure that we reach out to every single one of those individuals and get them signed up for some sort of coverage,” Beshear said. “Many of them qualify for Medicaid or expanded Medicaid. There’s also the private market and other means.”
Conservatives were quick to attack the governor’s plan, saying a plan to help one race was unconstitutional. Talk radio host, Andrew Wilkow, mocked the governor in a tweet on Monday.
“So free #healthcare for #black residents only? How’s that gonna work under the 14th Amendment,” Wilkow tweeted.
California RNC committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon joined Fox New’s Laura Ingraham to attack Beshear for using a tragedy for political leverage.
“I joined @IngrahamAngle to discuss Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear‘s unconstitutional pandering play by promising to pay for health insurance for only the African Americans in his state–see “Dhillon on the Left Using Tragedy for Political Leverage” on #Vimeo,” she tweeted.
Beshear has become one of the most watched Democrat governors in America for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He gained national media attention on Easter when he ordered state policemen to record the license plates of any residents attempting to attend church services and to order them into quarantine.
Beshear is currently serving his first term.
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