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Sally Pipes | March 1, 2021 | Forbes

New York Democrats hope that 2021 is the year socialized medicine finally arrives in the Empire State. Senator Gustavo Rivera, the chairman of the state Senate Health Committee, is reportedly planning to introduce the New York Health Act, which would ban private insurance and force all New Yorkers onto a government-run healthcare plan.

State lawmakers have tried and failed to advance the bill on several occasions. But Rivera, its lead sponsor, believes that this time could be different, with a friendly administration in Washington.

New Yorkers should watch the goings-on in Albany carefully. A government takeover of the state’s health insurance system would be extraordinarily costly and force patients to endure lengthy waits for care. It’s the last thing the state should contemplate in the midst of an historic public health crisis.

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