Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Democrat Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear Announces Plans to Provide 100% Health Coverage For Black Residents

Mr. Beshear said it’s part of the state’s plan to tackle systemic racism in the healthcare system. 
“In our health care system, the inequalities have been laid bare and exposed by this COVID-19 pandemic and the results of inequality in health care have been shown in depth,” Beshear said. 
“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 pandemic or these demonstrations for us to commit to ending it.” 
“My commitment today is we are gonna begin an effort to cover 100 percent of our individuals in our black and African-American communities, everybody” the Democrat governor said. “We’re gonna be putting dollars behind it.”


Anonymous said...

Hard to see how that is lawful.

Pastorius said...

I was wondering if it would be struck down by the Supreme Court.

Pete Rowe said...

The courts would apply strict scrutiny to any challenge on the basis of color. Strict scrutiny requires the government to prove the program, if it discriminates on the basis of color, advances a compelling government interest and is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest/goal.

I cannot wait to hear the government's argument for why it is ok for the government to spring for one color of people's health insurance but everyone else is on their own. My guess is that there is a solution to the problem that is more narrow than buying one group's health insurance but not everyone else's.