One of our neighboring states isn't waiting for single-payer legislation. Vermont is moving forward to create their own state-wide single-payer system.
Inspired by Vermont’s single payer system, both Richard N. Gottfried, Democratic Assemblyman representing Manhattan and State Senator Bill Perkins representing Harlem have sponsored the NY Health bill (A. 5389-a/S. 2078-a) to create a single-payer system for New York.
"The Affordable Care Act has made some important improvements in how we organize and pay for health care in this country but it still leaves us and our health care, and our wallets, in the hands of insurance companies—with their premiums, and their administrative costs, and deductibles, and co-pays, and limited network, and denials of payment for the care we need," Gottfried says. "We can do better and New York can do better."
In May 2013, 10,000 signatures supporting the bill were delivered to the offices of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, Independent Democratic Conference head Sen. Jeff Klein, D- Bronx, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan.
We will continue to support all efforts toward single-payer, at the city, state, and federal level.
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