Could This Be the Year in NYS for a Single-Payer
Health Care System?
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried,Chair NYS Assembly Health
Dr. Mary O'Brien, Board Member,Physicians for a National
Health Program, primary care physician at Columbia University who also participates in the medical economics section of the clinical practice course for 4th-year medical students.
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, is rolling out his bill establishing a statewide single-payer health care system, a structure often shorthanded by advocates nationwide as “Medicare for All.” Even though the nation is only beginning to implement the federal Affordable Health Care Act, Gottfried said the Empire State shouldn’t have to wait years before seeing where it falls short. “Federal health care reform has done a lot of good, but it still leaves us in the hands of insurance companies.,” “It would save the billions of dollars that we now spend on insurance company administrative costs. … You and your doctor would work to keep you healthy. New York Health would pay the bill with funding from broad-based revenue based on ability to pay,” Gottfried said and “New York can do better.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jim McDermott discuss the state by state approach to enacting Medicare for all single payer health insurance plan as pioneered by Vermont which could become the model for the nation.
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