Kentucky’s Democrat Governor Vows Free Health Care for '100%' of Black Residents
Andy Beshear wants 'prioritization in black and African American communities'
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) promised to provide health care coverage to all black residents of the state saying, "it's time for prioritization in black and African American communities," following the death of George Floyd.
Beshear said during a news conference:
"In our health care system, the inequalities have been laid bare, have been exposed by this COVID-19 epidemic, and the results of inequality in health care have been shown — it's death."
"By allowing this type of inequality to exist for as long as it has, we see African Americans dying at twice the rate that they make up of the population."
"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," the governor continued.
Beshear said black residents must take precedence over anyone else in health care.
The Governor added that he believes health care is a basic human right and that he would eventually like every Kentucky resident to have health care coverage.
"It's time for prioritization in black and African American communities, so we're going to do that," the governor declared.
"My commitment today is we are going to begin an effort to cover 100% of our individuals in our black and African American communities. Everybody."
"We're going to be putting dollars behind it."
"We're going to have a multifaceted campaign to do it."
The news comes as many Democratic officials have pledged support behind defunding the police following the death of Floyd.
Officials in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have vowed that the city will “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and “replace” the law enforcement agency.
Protests over health concerns
Democratic Governors like Gretchen Whitmer flouted lockdown rules by joining the protest march for George Floyd.
Whitmer joined a march in Highland Park, breaking the rules she still kept in place on social distancing.
Meanwhile, a patient who tested positive for coronavirus attended a packed "Black Lives Matter" protest in Kansas without wearing a face mask.
The unidentified protester admitted he was not wearing a mask during the demonstration.