24 Hours of Good News - Locally Universal Health Care
Though the program is not insurance and is does not extend outside the city limits, it provides basic preventative health care, urgent care, prescription drugs, and surgery to adults who do not qualify for Medicare or Medi-cal and who don' t have access to insurance. So...for the unemployed, underemployed, self-employed, and those excluded by insurers due to pre-existing conditions, the program is a boon. Only time will tell if this kind of health-care experimentation will pay off with wider adoption because, if it does catch on, it's sure to put the fear of God into the for-profit managed health-care industry, not to mention the GOP.
About Massachusetts plan...that's mandatory insurance, right? Required of all residents, and supplied by the state for the uninsured and underinsured, I thought. Our program is really just a health care plan handled identified clinics and public providers--no insurance involved--a very different beast, I think.
The provision of health services is far too important to be left to corporations whose desire for profit trumps care.
At the moment the program doesn't provide health care if you already have insurance. Though it will cover you if you've been denied completely due to a pre-existing condition.
(I don't see how a family of 4 can survice on $21,000 in your area.)