Universal Health Care For All

 President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. This was  a victory 100 years in the making. 

Today, the Affordable Care Act is still a big deal as it has extended health coverage to about 20 million Americans. We still have much work to do. The current administration has cut the insurance exchange open enrollment period by 50 percent, reduced advertising and navigators to help people buy insurance by nearly 90 percent, added requirements to Medicaid to discourage enrollment, and authorized “skinny” insurance options with bare-bones coverage designed to lure healthy enrollees away from comprehensive plans in the ACA insurance pools.

Every day, thousands of New Yorkers ignore signs of illness and delay seeing doctors simply because they don’t have things most of us take for granted: health insurance and a primary care doctor.  But for many reasons — including disinvestment, antiquated systems, old infrastructure, nonexistent budgets for marketing and outreach — public hospitals have adopted a passive attitude toward their own commitment to provide health care to anyone and fallen short on the promise to care for all equally.The “sit and wait for patients to come” model has made it hard for patients who need us most to unlock access to the public health-care system through the right door.In New York City, according to the Census, some 600,000 people are uninsured, and half of them are ineligible for health insurance. Many face language barriers, fear accessing government services or do not think they can afford to see a doctor. Access to health care should be universal as no one should be denied health care because they don’t have insurance, and no one should face hardships because of  astronomical medical bills.


As City Councilwoman, Zuri will:


  • Advocate for Universal Health Care For All.

  • Support the Affordable Care Act by relentlessly advocating for New Yorkers to have choice , reducing health care costs, and making our health care system less daunting to navigate.

  • Advocate to reinstate the 90-day period to sign up for medical care under the ACA. Trump slashed the sign-up period in half to 45 days, which critics said was a move to shrink and dismantle the program.

  • Push to repeal the Hyde Amendment.

  • Provide community venues to sign people up for insurance, including recruitment efforts in doctor’s offices, bodegas, schools, community based organizations, hospitals and food stamp centers. 

  • Advocate to lower the price of prescription drugs

  • Advocate for enabling consumers to view real-time direct drug price comparisons between formulary options

  • Advocate for  incentives for providers to take broader accountability for patient care, outcomes, and resource use;

  • Advocate for providing rewards for improved care coordination among providers