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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.

Buzzflash.com – Will New York Beat California in the Race to Enact a Single-Payer Health Care System?

By Mark Karlin, 5/18

A single-payer health care bill passed the New York State Assembly for the fourth time on Tuesday, and is headed for the State Senate. The Senate has turned down the bill before, but according to The Village Voice, its prospects are growing more favorable this year:

Currently, the bill is only two votes shy of passing in the 63-seat state senate. It recently picked up the support of the influential Independent Democratic Conference, buoying its number of supporters to 30.

CommonDreams – Single Payer Success in NY as Medicare-for-All Bill Passes State Assembly

By Dierdre Fulton, May 16

As the momentum behind Medicare-for-All continues to grow nationwide, New York’s State Assembly on Tuesday was expected to pass a single-payer healthcare bill that puts the state light years ahead of the regressive GOP in Washington, D.C.

The New York Health Act would afford all state residents access to comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, primary and preventative care, prescription drugs, behavioral health services, laboratory testing, and rehabilitative care, as well as dental, vision, and hearing coverage. There would be no premiums, deductibles, or co-pays; the plan would be funded through progressively raised taxes, including a surcharge that would be split 80/20 between employers and employees.

Gothamist: Universal Healthcare Looks Increasingly Possible In New York State

By David Colon, May 26052617hcare.jpg (Scott Lynch / Flickr)

As the debate rages in Washington, DC about whether to trade Trumpcare for Obamacare, a group of lawmakers in New York State see an opportunity for a progressive win here at home. Emboldened by an energized local left wing and operating in a political climate where millions of New Yorkers could wind up losing their health insurance under the American Health Care Act, advocates for single payer health insurance think this might be the ideal time for New York to establish the country’s first universal health program. But even as legislation to do so advances, a number of challenges can keep it from coming to pass.

“So many problems we face in health and health care are made worse and harder to solve because our health care system is so tied to health insurance companies,” Assembly Member Richard Gottfried of Manhattan, who’s been working on passing single payer in New York since 1992, told Gothamist.

PRESS RELEASE – Assembly to Pass New York Health Act Today

Assembly to Pass New York Health Act Today

Single Payer System Guarantees Health Coverage
for all New Yorkers

(Albany, NY, May 16, 2017) Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried announced the Assembly’s intent to pass the New York Health Act today. The universal “improved Medicare for all” single-payer health plan would cover every New York resident, regardless of wealth, income, age or health status (A.4738, Gottfried/S.4840. Rivera).

“While lawmakers in Washington debate giving tax cuts to the wealthy and cutting funding for health care for those who need it most, the Assembly Majority remains committed to ensuring every New Yorker has access to the care they need and deserve,” said Speaker Heastie. “The Assembly will once again pass this measure, but the recent action taken by Congress to strip more than one million New Yorkers of healthcare has proven it is time for our colleagues in the Senate to act as well.”

The Guardian: Universal healthcare supporters see their chance

By Jessica Glenza, April 11

Minerva Solla (far left), an organizer with the New York State Nurses Association, works a crowd of healthcare demonstrators in Albany, New York.

Minerva Solla, far left, an organizer with the New York State Nurses Association, works a crowd of healthcare demonstrators in Albany, New York. Photograph: Jessica Glenza for the Guardian

It was a cold, misty, gray, early spring day in Albany, New York – the kind of bone-chilling, turn-up-the-heat weather that encourages residents to flee to Florida.

But 500 New Yorkers were still out on the sidewalk lobbying for healthcare reform that has long seemed like a pipe dream: government-provided universal health insurance.

“I wanna make sure my children get healthcare,” said Minerva Solla, a 66-year-old organizer with the New York State Nurses Association. “It’s a right, not a privilege.” Moments earlier she riled the crowd with call-backs: “If they don’t pass it? Vote them out!”

Salon: With Obamacare Under GOP Attack, New York Could Fight Back with a Single-Payer Plan

New York may be the first state to escape the Trumpcare threat by offering a single-payer option to all residents

by Amanda Marcotte, Salon, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 08:59 AM EDT

Health care activists (Credit: Getty/Kevin Hagen)

Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, cutting taxes by $1 trillion for the wealthiest Americans and potentially resulting in as many as 24 million people without health insurance by 2026. Senate Republicans are currently working on their own version of the bill, and while it’s expected to be less severe than the House plan, the end result will almost certainly be similar: tax cuts for the rich, with millions of people losing coverage.

Understandably, there’s panic across the country at the prospect of soaring premiums and loss of coverage. But while Democrats in Washington can do little to save health care when Republicans control both Congress and the White House, Democrats who hold power in state capitals can take steps to save local residents from disaster. State governments are free to offer their own health care plans — and one popular option being considered in many blue states is a single-payer, Canadian-style system, sometimes called “Medicare for all.”

New York is probably the state in the country that’s closest to creating a single-payer system, although it’s not alone. The New York Health Act, which would enroll every New Yorker in a state-run insurance program, has passed the New York State Assembly and is two votes short of being passed in the state’s Senate.

WAMC (w/ audio): Activists Rally, Demand Albany Pass NY Single-Payer Bill

By Dave Lucas, April 5 (audio in link)

With the country once again debating the future of health care, activists rallied Tuesday in Albany in support of a bill that would create a universal, publicly-financed health-insurance plan for all New Yorkers.

Rallygoer and Green Party candidate for Albany mayor Dan Plaat believes having a state single-payer plan in place would have a positive impact on local economics.   “It reminds me a lot of the anti-fracking movement. Each year the rally gets a little bit bigger. More partners are made and more people catch on to the necessity and the importance of this issue in getting this law passed, this piece of policy done.”

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.