Obama: Need for health care reform is urgent

President Barack Obama continued his push for health care reform Tuesday, hoping to pass legislation before Congress goes on summer vacation next month.The proposal would

BROOKLYN - President Barack Obama continued his push for health care reform Tuesday, hoping to pass legislation before Congress goes on summer vacation next month.

The proposal would require all Americans to have health insurance and all employers to provide it. Low-income residents would get money toward insurance and health insurance companies would not be permitted to deny coverage based on a person's pre-existing health conditions.

The bill would raise taxes on Americans who earn more than $250,000 a year in order to pay for the inclusive health care. Local health advocates, like Nisha Agarwal of Bronx Health Reach, say the disparity in health care between the rich and poor is so great, the new reforms would benefit many New York City residents.

AP wires contributed to this article.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 1 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
Dozens of senior citizens at an East New 2 Mini horses stir up spirits at nursing home
The tree fell on tracks that carry the 3 Tree falls on tracks at Parkside Avenue train station
4 Word on the Street: 'As Young As You Feel Day'
The incident happened as Pope Francis was blessing 5 Little girl swipes cap off Pope during blessing

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE