LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Stand up for single-payer health care

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To the editor:

(re: “Time for health care for all,” Aug. 4)

The letter presents compelling evidence to support a movement toward a single-payer health care system that delivers to all Americans.

After a long and painful struggle to maintain the Affordable Care Act, 30 million individuals still lack basic health care. Furthermore, high administrative costs and subsidies to stabilize the insurance market continue to place a heavy and unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers.

A single-payer system would eliminate added costs imposed by insurance companies, and extend care to all who need it.

According to one Kaiser poll, 58 percent of Americans favor Medicare for all. However, powerful special interest groups that reap huge profits from the status quo influence legislators in Washington and Albany to oppose legislation of this kind.

Despite this, some independent and forward-thinking legislators on the federal level, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, and those at the state level like Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Sen. Gustavo Rivera, have supported universal health care as the best way to widen access, improve quality, and reduce the spiraling cost of health care.

The New York Health Act would extend health care to all New Yorkers, and has passed the Assembly for three years in a row. Half of the state senate was signed on as co-sponsors at the end of the last session, but the Republican leadership did not even bring it up in committee, let alone a floor vote.

Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act were unsuccessful only because Americans flocked in unprecedented numbers to town hall meetings and street rallies, and signed petitions that demanded that health care is a right, and not a privilege. 

As New Yorkers, we are now in a unique and pivotal position to further influence the national debate on health care by taking action, and by urging our local legislators to stand up and vote in favor of the New York Health Act.

Renee Shanker

Renee Shanker

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TruthTeller

The notion of "single-payer" health care smacks deeply of Socialism and as a kneww jerk reaction I have been against it, but the idea is starting to make more and more sense to me. Gary Null on his radio show yesterday showed how a single-payer system would save trillions of dollars in waste, fraud and excessive profit. His well reasoned arguments totally convinced me that it is the right thing for America. Obamacare is a total disaster. My own insurance went up %567 percent the first month it kicked in, so being unable to afford it, I have not had health insurance since 2013. Thanks Obama!! Of course, the millions of people like me are never counted when it comes to assessing the results of Obamacare. But we exist and we are a big reason Obamacare is such an unpopular law.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
JR

After doing my due diligence, I can assure you the New York Health Act protects the right of private practice, and therefore is not anywhere near socialized medicine. In fact, it will free up doctors from the time robbing process of dealing with insurance companies (paperwork, denying coverage, fighting for this or that) and therefore they'll have more energy and time to focus on patients.

As a small business owner (my insurance went up 16% last year, take it or leave it), a single payer system is a no brainer. With the leverage it brings, you have a real shot at bringing down costs, which is a major problem with the way things are right now. Also, the NYS Health Act will save billions for employers, which will help to bring more profit to business owners.

I think it is time that our governor get in front of this, and push for it in NYS. Once folks see how well it works here, it will spread with algorithmic acceleration across the country.

Sunday, August 20, 2017