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Vice News: Inside the Long, Impossible Fight for Socialized Medicine in the US

By Harry Cheadle, August 7

Irene Aguilar knew for a long time that America’s healthcare system was broken. She had worked as a doctor in one of Colorado’s “safety net” hospitals, where the uninsured and seriously ill go for care. Some of her patients were there because they had lost insurance after being laid off, others lost insurance because they divorced a spouse whose job had been providing it. Who qualified for insurance-covered care could seem cruel and nonsensical. The “classic example,” she told me, were diabetics who wound up on dialysis because they couldn’t afford the medications that would let them manage their condition.

“Once you’re on dialysis, you automatically qualify for Medicare. I was furious that I had patients who had worked all their lives and they end up on dialysis and they can’t work anymore and we give them full coverage,” she said. “It seems so fiscally irresponsible that we didn’t help them control diseases and prevent high-cost complications that would lead to premature death—but once they had those complications we paid for them.”

Podcast: Making the Case for the NY Health Act

Making the Case for the New York Health Act

 “City & State NY Debate” Shows that an Improved Medicare-for-All Single Payer System Would Guarantee Coverage for All New Yorkers and Save 98% Money on Health Care Costs

Dear friends,

Earlier this week, I participated in a podcast debate hosted by the media outlet City and State New York  on the New York Health Act, my bill to establish an “improved Medicare for all” single-payer health plan to provide universal coverage to every New York resident, regardless of wealth, income, age or health status (A.4738, Gottfried/S.4840. Rivera).  Opposing me in the debate was Bill Hammond of the Empire Center, a conservative Albany-based think tank.  I think you’ll find the debate informative and interesting, which is why I’m sharing it with you today.

Oneonta Daily Star – In Our Opinion: Single-payer health care plan makes a lot of sense

July 5

Let’s face it, you don’t understand all the nuances of Obamacare or the various Republican plans to replace it.

Don’t feel bad. Neither do we.

Like you, however, we can easily figure out that a Republican scheme that would take health insurance away from more than 20 million Americans over the next 10 years and remove $800 billion or so from Medicare funding isn’t going to be particularly popular.

That’s why only 12 percent of Americans support the GOP plan, according to the USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll released Friday.

Gannett – Veterans to Cuomo: Allow medical marijuana for PTSD

By Jon Campbell, July 7

ALBANY – Veterans groups are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow those with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana, urging him to sign a bill that will soon head to his desk.

The state Senate voted late last month to add PTSD to the list of illnesses and ailments eligible for the state’s medical-marijuana program, about six weeks after the Assembly voted to do the same.

Journal-News: ‘Medicare-for-all’ single-payer plans reignited by GOP’s Obamacare rollback

By Barrett Newkirk and David Robinson, June 23

As Republicans push reforms reducing the government’s role in health care, some opponents are emboldened in their support for the opposite approach, one that greatly increases the government-health care link.

Progressive politicians and activists see a future in single-payer health care, the term for a government-run health insurance program that would be available to any American. While a Democratic-backed federal bill has no future in the GOP-led Congress, backers have had more success at the state level.

Broadway World – Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Takes a Stand on Health Care Reform

June 20, 2017

The Executive Board of SDC, the theatrical union representing Stage Directors and Choreographers across the United States, unanimously voted to endorse the New York State Health Act (S4840) and the New York Health Program (A4738), sister bills designed to establish universal single-payer health care for all New York residents.

SDC’s endorsement of S4840 and A4738 is combined with a rejection of H.R. 1628 (AHCA), the GOP sponsored bill that passed the House of Representatives in May. The AHCA will reverse the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and is estimated to remove health care coverage from over 20 million Americans, discriminate against preexisting conditions, allow states to opt out of coverage like maternity care, and defund Planned Parenthood.

Staten Island Advance – PTSD added to list of ills treatable with medical marijuana

By Rachel Shapiro, June 22

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New Yorkers with PTSD will soon be eligible to treat their symptoms with medical marijuana after the state Senate passed Sen. Diane Savino’s bill Tuesday, adding the ailment to those already included in the Compassionate Care Act.

The Assembly bill to add PTSD, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), passed last month.

Attn.com – Two States Are Considering a Radical Health Care Overhaul

By Larry Buhl, June 16

Health Care in the United States is at a crossroads.

While the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on American Health Care Act, which prior estimates stated would result in 23 million people losing their health insurance, two of the largest states are moving in the other direction by proposing single payer health care.

A February rally for single payer health care in Los AngelesLarry Buhl

Bills working their way through the legislatures of New York and California would upend health care delivery and could ensure that every resident of those states would be covered, with no premiums, no deductibles, and no co-pays.

Capital Pressroom Interview (audio)

On May 16 I joined Susan Arbetter of Capital Pressroom for a conversation about single-payer healthcare and Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act.  You can find the interview here.

ThinkProgress – New York lawmakers are voting to create a state-level single-payer system

By Laurel Raymond, May 16.

The New York State Assembly is set to vote on a bill today that, if signed into law and implemented, would enact a single-payer health program in the state.

The New York Health Plan, as the proposal is called, is expected to pass the Assembly with wide margins, as it did in 2015 and 2016. Each of those years, however, the bill wasn’t picked up in the state senate. This year, however, it’s obtained widespread backing and is closer to passing than it’s ever been before — the current count has it just one vote away.

“A single-payer system would create the peace of mind that residents could have access to quality medical care including outpatient and inpatient medical care, primary and preventive care, prescription drugs and laboratory tests,” State Sen. Jeffrey Klein, the head of an independent caucus whose support is critical to bringing the bill withing striking distance of passing, told the Huffington Post.