Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Bloomberg, Paterson Express Concern Over Healthcare Bill
Friday, December 25, 2009
New York, NY –
As the state's Congressional delegation celebrates the Senate's passage of healthcare reform, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson continue to voice concerns. They say the bill as it's currently written will hurt the state by depriving it of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. And the mayor says he spoke to Senator Gillibrand about it.
BLOOMBERG: I expressed very strongly my views and she tried to convince that the bill wasn't as bad for us as I fear it is, but regardless, what is important is not what was passed it's what comes out of the conference committee.
REPORTER: The mayor says the bill also fails to address the rising cost of health care, tort reform, and the increasing need for drawing doctors from abroad. According to the governor, the bill needs to reimburse states based on poverty levels, not on per capita incomes, as it currently does.