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From This Week’s Gazette

March 20, 2017

Reprinted with permission:

To The Editor:

The League of Women Voters of New York strongly supports the New York Health Act (A.4738/S.4371) a single-payer, improved Medicare-for-all insurance plan.
I believe healthcare is a human right. The bill covers 100% of all New Yorkers. It would have no premiums, deductibles, or co-pays.  It would be funded by a progressive tax based on ability to pay, covering all medically necessary services, including primary, preventive, specialists, hospitals, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drugs, and medical supplies – more comprehensive than commercial health plans.
The New York Health Act would save tens of billions of dollars a year.  With private insurance companies out of the picture, billions in profits and administrative costs would be saved, along with the ability to negotiate the prices of drugs and medical devices.
With the Affordable Care Act under attack, we need to take action to guarantee healthcare for all New Yorkers.  The bill passed by wide margins in the last two Assembly sessions and is gaining strong support in the State Senate.  We need to get the bill to the Governor’s desk for signing. This is our opportunity to respond to the needs of working and middle-class people.

Lisa Cohen

Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Publicity Chair
League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns


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