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For Immediate Release
January 26, 2022


Thirty Years Later Single Payer is Still a Bad Proposal 

Thirty years ago, the Single Payer legislation known as the New York Health Act was first introduced in the State Legislature. A lot has changed since then, but the legislation hasn’t.

New York has made great strides in reducing the rate of uninsured – to less than 5% – through the current public-private health care model. Recent state and Federal actions have made care more accessible and affordable than ever before.

Instead of living in the past, lawmakers should adopt further measures to make affordable, universal coverage a reality, including expanding coverage for low-income undocumented immigrants. By covering the undocumented population and getting the remaining uninsured who are eligible covered, New York could become the first state in the nation to make health care coverage universally available and affordable to all.

The members of the Realities of Single Payer urge Legislators and the Governor to oppose the New York Health Act. After thirty years of debate, it’s time to move on.

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