On Black Friday thousands were expected to arrive as early as 5 A.M. at New York’s Jacob Javits Center to take part in a day of free health care. Thanks to the organization, RAM, which once only catered to help those in the developing world, individuals and families would be able to receive medical care even without insurance. Accustomed to creating pop-up clinics across the United States, the organization’s biggest pop-up would have taken place at the convention center after Thanksgiving (with 500 dentists, 2,500 volunteers). The event, though, was canceled just two weeks before it was scheduled. The Office of Governor Cuomo decided not to issue a waiver that would have allowed these dedicated doctors to practice medicine in New York State (a piece of paperwork that governors throughout the United States have issued).
According to HuffPo:
Waiving this provision was entirely at the Governor’s discretion. The offices of Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine (both of whom who have seen RAM clinics firsthand), and Chuck Schumer called Cuomo and the NY Public Health Department directly to petition for the clinic to go forward. The reason provided to RAM for the clinic being scuttled: New Yorkers have all the health care they need.