"Democrat-led cities and states move toward UniversalHealth care on their own terms" PBS NewsHour 2/13/2019
SUMMARY:Health care continues to be a top political issue. While some congressional Democrats consider Universal Health coverage, state and local governments are already pushing ahead with proposals to corral costs and broaden access to care, including for the undocumented. Special correspondent Sarah Varney shares stories from California and New York, two states pursuing ambitious health care agendas.
Gov. California Gavin Newsom (D-Calif): You look around the rest of the world, they're just rolling their eyes, higher life expectancy. They do chronic disease management better than the United States for roughly half the price. You look at quality indexes, we dropped to 37 in the world in our quality index last year, below Cuba and Costa Rica.
This is ludicrous, and so it's incumbent upon governors, mayors, to take the lead, in the absence of the federal government doing its job.