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Support single-payer health care in New York

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The petition to New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo reads:

“Pass the New York Health Act (A. 4738 / S. 4840) to make health care for all a reality in the state.”

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    Support single-payer health care in New York

    Trump and his extreme Republican party are putting the lives of millions of Americans at risk by using Trumpcare to end Medicaid and Medicare and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. In New York, lawmakers are fighting back, and they need our support to win.

    Progressive lawmakers in the New York State Assembly recently voted to advance the New York Health Act, a bill that would guarantee health coverage for every New York resident regardless of their gender, race, age, ability to pay or immigration status through a single-payer health care system.1

    New York Democrats are just two votes short of passing the New York Health Act in the state Senate, which is why we must push all state lawmakers to back the bill now.2

    Tell New York lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo: New York says yes to single-payer health care.

    A single-payer system would leave the current medical system in place, but replace the for-profit insurance companies that drive up costs without making us any healthier. So it makes sense that most Americans – including 41 percent of Republicans – support single-payer health care. 3 If the New York Health Act becomes law, New York would be the testing ground for a national push.

    The New York Health Act would:

    • Cover medical, dental, vision and hearing care for every New York resident under one government-funded health plan.
    • Improve access to comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, primary and preventative care, behavioral health services, laboratory testing, and rehabilitative care.
    • Lower prescription drug prices.
    • Eliminate premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and provider network and out-of-network charges.4

    In New York, advocating for single-payer health care is nothing new. Democrats in the State Assembly have advanced the New York Health Act three times, but New York’s Republican-controlled state Senate has consistently blocked it. This year, the bill has gained the support of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, which means that with their 30 votes, the New York Health Act is only two votes shy of passing the Senate. If we can build enough pressure to push one Republican and Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who caucuses with the Republican party, to support the bill, we will win.5

    Tell New York lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo: New York says yes to single-payer health care.

    Since Election Day, New York and California have led the resistance against Trump’s racist, fascist regime. So it’s no surprise that progressive lawmakers in both states are taking proactive steps now to protect their constituents from Trump’s and heartless Republicans’ regressive health care reforms. A sister single-payer bill is also moving through the California state legislature right now. And if New York and California adopt a single-payer health care system, one-fifth of the country’s population would have guaranteed health coverage.6

    If we want to make health care for all a reality in New York and protect state residents from Trumpcare, we must join together now and show state lawmakers that there are more New Yorkers who support single-payer than those who do not. New York can and must lead now.

    Tell New York lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo: New York says yes to single-payer health care.

    Thank you for your activism.

    References:

    1. Laurel Raymond, “New York lawmakers are voting to create a state-level single-payer system,” ThinkProgress, May 16, 2017.

    2. Amanda Marcotte, “With Obamacare under GOP attack, New York could fight back with a single-payer plan,” Salon, May 9, 2017.

    3. Philip Bump, “Poll: Most Americans want to replace Obamacare with single-payer - including many Republicans,” The Washington Post, May 16, 2016.

    4. Deirdre Fulton, “Single Payer Success in NY as Medicare-for-All Bill Passes State Assembly,” Common Dreams, May 16, 2017.

    5. Ibid.

    6. Ryan Grim, Daniel Marans and Jeffrey Young, “New York State Inches Close to Single-Payer Plan With Pickup of New Support,” HuffPost, March 30, 2017.