Don’t be misled by the strong bipartisan support for the COVID-19 response bills. Conservatives worked their will such that the bills severely limit assistance to immigrants, those without health insurance, and many low-income families. Not only are these failures mean-spirited and short-sighted but they jeopardize public health, in the same way that the widespread lack of paid sick leave was early recognized as a policy failure. Worse, as Daily News reporting shows, the city’s poorest areas have the highest rate of positive tests for the coronavirus.

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