Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a hearing on a unique bill Thursday that requires colleges to make sure all their students have basic health insurance, the Associated Press reports.
The legislation is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Richard Moore of Uxbridge, who is Chairman of the Senate Health Care Financing Committee.
“The purpose of the bill is to make sure there’s adequate, affordable coverage for students,” Jared Cain, Moore’s communications director, told Raw Story. “They’re perhaps the most important parts of society.”
Though most colleges already mandate that all students buy health insurance, this bill is designed to close any gaps, Cain said. Massachusetts colleges will be forced to pay $1 per student for each day they continue to be uninsured.
While such legislation has not been introduced anywhere else, Moore believes he’s merely following the lead of college students in Massachusetts.
“The students are the ones that have really called for change on this,” Cain told Raw Story, “and we’re responding with what we think is a good bill that can help address the issue of affordable health care.”
One advocacy group that has been pushing for an effort like this is the Young Invincibles, whose focus is to ensure all adults between the ages of 18 and 34 have access to health care. The organization has strong praise for Moore’s initiative.
“We thank Senator Moore for taking this kind of leadership,” said Ari Matusiak, the group’s co-founder, in an interview with Raw Story. “It is an acknowledgment that young Americans, like all Americans, need access to quality affordable health care.”
It is unclear at this point whether the state will offer any subsidies to meet this requirement. “The exact language of the bill has yet to be finalized,” said Cain.
“It would be at the school’s discretion as to how they offer their own version of a health insurance plan,” he continued. “It would have to meet the standard of ‘credible coverage’ as defined by the 2006 legislation.”
Moore’s office views this as an example of Massachusetts being a nationwide pioneer on health care policy.
Trump accused of inciting violence against Adam Schiff with ‘not paid the price yet’ Twitter threat
A Sunday morning tweet by Donald Trump attacking Rep. Adam Schiff has drawn intense scrutiny on Twitter and elsewhere with many suggesting the president is inciting violence or some sort of retribution against the California Democrat whith the phrase Schiff "not paid the price yet."
According to the president, "“The Impeachment Hoax is a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before. In just two hours the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have seen their phony case absolutely shredded. Shifty is now exposed for illegally making up my phone call, & more!” before adding, “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”
Fox News poll delivers devastating news to Trump on impeachment
According to a new Fox News poll released on Sunday morning, a clear majority of respondents -- beyond the margin of error -- believe Donald Trump should be convicted by the U.S. Senate for impeachable crimes and removed from office.
According to the poll, "On impeachment, by a 50-44 percent margin, voters think the Senate should vote to convict Trump and remove him from office. Most Democrats say remove (81 percent) and most Republicans disagree (84 percent). Among independents, more say Trump should be removed by a 19-point margin (53-34 percent)."
Trump has bigger 2020 re-election problems than impeachment: ‘A target-rich environment for Democrats’
With Donald Trump expected to be acquited by the GOP-majority Senate in an impeachment trial being manipulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democrats are setting their sights on the 2020 election where they feel the president is vulnerable on a host of other issues that can be piled on his House impeachment.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, democratic strategists who will be helping direct the 2020 campaign against Trump by the eventual Democratic nominee are licking their chops at the prospect of highlighting the president's poor stewardship of the country.