Richard Gottfried, Chair NYS Assembly Health Committee
Bernie Sanders is at the forefront over a national debate on improving our health care system, with his proposal for a “single payer” structure shorthand for “Medicare for All”. Meanwhile, in NYS, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried‘s single payer legislation has passed the Assembly, with wide support from organized labor as well as multiple community advocacy and healthcare professional organizations. While discontent arises under Obamacare, as insurance companies increase our out-of-pocket expenses the Gottfried plan would provide a comprehensive universal insurance program for all NYers, without deductibles, co-pays and would eliminate restrictive provider networks. Gottfried’s plan would begin a march to “Medicare for All” nationwide, the same state by state way the Canadians began their successful single payer system. “Health care reform has done a lot of good, but it still leaves us in the hands of insurance companies. Single Payer would save the billions of dollars that we now spend on insurance company administrative costs…You and your doctor would work to keep you healthy. New York Health would pay the bill with funding
from broad-based revenue based on ability to pay”.
Plus Lily Tomlin Comedian/actress Lily Tomlin appeared as her character Ernestine to lambaste the insurance companies at a California rally in support of a Medicare for all single payer system