Wall Street Journal: Health Becomes Key Issue in New York City Mayoral Race

Democratic candidate Shaun Donovan —who has worked in the administrations of former President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg —released a health plan that pushes for a public option for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who don’t have healthcare. He also called for all Covid-19 programs, like contact tracing, to move back into the Department of Health after Mayor Bill de Blasio moved it under the city’s public-hospital system. That would allow NYC Health + Hospitals to focus on treating patients, he said.

Mr. Donovan also proposes an annual vaccination campaign, working with community-based organizations and primary-care doctors, if Covid-19 is a continued problem.

“If we are going to make New York City the healthiest city in the world and unlock our city’s full economic potential, we need to make sure that every single New Yorker can lead healthy lives and have equal access to quality healthcare,” Mr. Donovan said.

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