Assembly Health Committee chairman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, said the Affordable Care Act decision should be a step for New York to implement a publicly-sponsored, single-payer health coverage, like Medicare or Child Health Plus, for everyone in the state.
“The ACA still leaves insurance companies with too much control of our health and our wallets. Premiums skyrocket every year, while patients and their doctors try to figure out what is covered and then try to get reimbursed,” Gottfried said in a statement.
“New York can do better. Now that the federal law is settled, we can focus on building a better system here. We can get better coverage, get all of us covered, and save billions by having New York provide publicly-sponsored, single-payer health coverage, like Medicare or Child Health Plus for everyone. That’s why I’ve introduced the New York Health bill in Albany.”
The bill is sponsored in the Senate by retiring Manhattan Democrat Thomas Duane.
Gottfried, one of the most liberal members of the Assembly, said, “Now it’s time to help the millions of New York residents and businesses that currently buy private insurance. The majority of doctors, nurses, and patients prefer a single payer system, as do many small businesses and unions. It would save taxpayers and businesses billions of dollars while improving health care for everyone.”
The group, Single Payer New York, said it will continue to rally for the public option.
“Even though the Supreme Court has upheld the overall Affordable Care Act, single payer advocates said the program’s failure to provide health care to all Americans or to control health care costs means that Congress still needs to move to a expanded and Improve Medicare for All program,” the group said in a statement.