Yesterday, my Assembly opponent, Anthony Palumbo, posted on social media that the New York Health Act is “just not feasible,” calling it a “pipe dream”. He’s wrong. Experts agree that we can guarantee health care to everyone by shifting from the failing private insurance system to universal, publicly financed, health care, that guarantees health care for all.
- Instead of paying premiums to insurance companies, we would instead pay into the health care system principally through payroll taxes. Everyone would be guaranteed the care we need, and none of us would ever have to pay more than we can afford.
- The single payer system envisions health care as a necessary public good. Care should, and would be, guaranteed to all of us based on our medical needs, not on how much money we have, where we work, or where we were born.
- Single payer insurance will save money as it removes high administrative costs, middlemen, and profit motives from the equation.
Let’s establish transparent, accountable, and encompassing health care.
Through my own first-hand experience, I recognize the importance of universal healthcare for all citizens and I know the suffering that families can endure when adequate health care is out of reach. This summer, the New York State Assembly passed a comprehensive health care reform bill known as the New York Health Act.
My opponent, Anthony Palumbo, voted against the New York Health Act. Who is he working for? Is he working for the people of New York or is he working for the big insurance companies and their CEOs?
According to a recent analysis, 98% of New Yorkers would spend less for health coverage and health care under New York Health than they do today. New York would save over $70 billion by eliminating health insurance company administration and profit; reducing health care provider and employer administrative costs; and capturing savings from negotiating prices of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Even after expanding coverage to all New Yorkers; eliminating deductibles, co-pays, and out-of-network charges; and increasing low Medicaid reimbursements, New York Health would generate net savings of $45 billion.
This is a no-brainer, Assembly Distinct 2 needs someone who is going to work in the best interest of the people, not against them.
The Cure for PIISD: The New York Health Act from Chadwick Whitehead on Vimeo.
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