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Capital Tonight re: Single-Payer and the Affordable Care Act

3/28/17, interview on Capital Tonight regarding single-payer healthcare and updates on the State budget and Federal action on healthcare.  Video here:

ABC News 10 (w/ video) – NY Senate Democrats calling for proper healthcare

Nick Perrault, March 9, 2017 (video in link)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Senate Democrats in New York are calling out Republicans in their chamber for failing to act to ensure all New Yorkers have proper healthcare.

The conference introduced legislation this week they say will protect everyone.

“We are in the midst of experiencing a calamity out of Washington D.C in our country,” Senator Democratic Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, said.

TWC News (with video) – With Health Care in Upheaval in Washington, Democrats in Albany Push for Single-Payer System

By Nick Reisman (video in link), March 8

With the Affordable Care Act under fire in Washington, Democratic lawmakers in Albany are pushing for a measure creating a single-payer system — universal health care.

“We have an obligation to protect the 3.6 million New Yorkers enrolled in comprehensive health coverage enrolled through our state’s exchange,” said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter (audio)

March 6, 2017

The Capitol Pressroom features Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried on changes to the ACA and his push for a single-payer health care system in New York State.

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BALCONY Radio interview

I spoke to the Business and Labor Coalition of NY on WOR 710 AM radio, regarding the new administration’s threats to the Affordable Care Act, and the need for a universal, single-payer healthcare system:  https://soundcloud.com/lou-gordon-845856577/balcony-ny-1-29-17 (segment starts at 23 minutes).

Capital Pressroom (Audio) – Previewing Legislative Water Hearings

Interview on Capital Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, posted by Alyssa Plock, September 7.

Capital Tonight (Video) re: Legislative Water Hearings

Interview with Liz Benjamin, Capital Tonight, September 6.

WHEC Rochester (VIDEO): Health dept. issues recommendations to fix state’s flawed rollout of medical marijuana

By Amanda Ciavarri, 8/23/16 – video in link

New York State’s rollout of its medical marijuana program has been far from smooth.

Patients have told News10NBC they have had problems including finding specific medications they need and simply finding a doctor that is permitted to prescribe the drug.

Now, a new report from the state health department aims to fix these issues. The 13-page report from the state Department of Health has a number of recommendations including adding an additional five growers in the next two years, increasing the number of brands allowed in the state and allowing medical staff at schools to administer medical marijuana.

“My first reaction is, well, it is about time,” says Christine Emerson. “And they are all of the recommendations that they initially took out.”

Capitol Pressroom – Interview re: Single Payer Healthcare

On July 27 I was on Susan Arbetter’s “Capitol Pressroom” program discussing single payer healthcare and the Democratic convention.  My piece starts at 12:30 in the link here.

VIDEO: Capital Tonight re: Single Payer Healthcare

I was on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin discussing my “New York Health Act” single-payer bill, as well as several other end-of-session health policy issues including heroin treatment and medical use of marijuana.  Check out the video here.