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On Monday, November 25, the members of the Senate and Assembly Health Committees held the final public hearing on the New York Health Act (A.5248/S.3577). Several members of the Realities of Single Payer coalition either delivered testimony in person or submitted written testimony, raising concerns with the legislation and explaining why a government-run single payer system would be more harmful than good for New York State.

Lawmakers in attendance were:

  • Senator Sue Serino
  • Senator Pat Gallivan
  • Senator Jen Metzger
  • Senator Gustavo Rivera
  • Assemblyman Dick Gottfried
  • Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
  • Assemblyman Andrew Raia
  • Assemblyman Kevin Byrne
  • Assemblyman Jake Ashby
  • Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino
  • Assemblyman Ed Ra

Members who testified at the hearing were: Richard Wells from the Police Conference of New York, Lev Ginsburg from The Business Council of New York State, Greg Biryla from NFIB New York, Michael Leffler from the Northeaster New York Association of Health Underwriters, Leslie Moran from the New York Health Plan Association and John Ravitz from The Business Council of Westchester.

Written Testimony:
Police Conference of New York
The Business Council of New York State
The Business Council of Westchester
New York Health Plan Association
Capital Region Chamber of Commerce

Find our press release here.

We also put together a sheet that lists quotes from folks who expressed opposition to or concerns with the bill in past hearings and publications. Click here.

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