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Assembly Passes "NY Health" Universal Health Care Bill
 
The New York State Assembly passed the "New York Health Act" universal health care bill (A. 5062A/S. 3525A) by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday, June 1, for the second year in a row.  New York Health would provide universal, complete health care coverage to every New Yorker without deductibles, co-pays, or limited provider networks.  

"Health insurance plans have now asked the State for a 17% rate increase, with some plans as high as 45%," said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, lead Assembly sponsor of the bill.  "Year after year, the cost of coverage for families and employers goes up faster than wages and inflation.  Premiums, deductibles, co-pays, out-of-network charges, and uncontrolled drug costs undermine health care and family finances, and are a heavier burden on employers and taxpayers."

"The Affordable Care Act has made important improvements to the system, but as long as our health coverage comes from insurance companies, it will be an increasingly unbearable burden," Gottfried said.  "One in three Americans still put off medical treatment due to cost in 2015, and 40% of New Yorkers reported having cut down on other expenses to afford health care."

"People say a single-payer system makes perfect sense, but 'it could never happen.'  The Assembly's commitment and the growing public support are changing the conversation," Gottfried said.  "It may not happen in Washington for a long time, but New York can and will do it."
For more information on the Campaign to pass the New York Health Act, visit nyhcampaign.org

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