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Current and future physicians, please add your name below.
The pandemic is exposing the weaknesses of the current healthcare system and why we must create a system that guarantees care for everybody. The New York Health Act (A5248a/S3577a) will provide comprehensive, universal health coverage — including long-term care — for every resident of New York.
We are current and future physicians of New York State.
Before the COVID pandemic, we were seeing patients needlessly suffering–unable to pay for medications, tests, and doctor visits, delaying treatment, and failing to address treatable illnesses. Now during this unprecedented public healthcare crisis, we are witnessing the consequences of the fragmented and unequal system of care: Black and immigrant communities are seeing the highest rates of death from COVID, millions of people are losing their employer-sponsored health plan just when they will need it most, and under-insurance continues to be a problem, especially for mental healthcare, dental care, and home care. And yet private insurance companies are posting record profits. We cannot remain quiet while the current health insurance system causes millions of New Yorkers to struggle with preventable illness and death.
We must build back better. We urge you to support the New York Health Act and replace private insurance with comprehensive, universal healthcare for every New Yorker.
Here’s how New Yorkers will benefit:
1. Comprehensive coverage. All residents, regardless of immigration status, will be covered for: primary, preventive, and specialty care; hospitalization; mental health; reproductive health; dental, vision, and hearing; long-term care and support services; and prescription drugs and medical supplies. It will be more comprehensive than commercial health plans.
2. Freedom to choose. No network restrictions. Patients will choose the doctors they want and make healthcare decisions with them, not with insurance companies.
3. Fair funding. No more premiums, deductibles, or co-pays. Universal coverage funded through a graduated tax on income, based on ability to pay. Healthcare costs will be reduced for 98% of New Yorkers. Most business healthcare expenditures will also be reduced.
4. Decreased administrative costs. No more paying insurance companies’ administrative costs and profits. No more time spent by doctors, hospitals, employers, and patients completing forms and negotiating with insurance companies. The total savings is estimated to be $45 billion. Healthcare will be accountable to the public’s health, not to insurance company stockholders.
5. Reduced cost of drugs and devices. Direct negotiation with pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers will bring prices down by as much as 40%.
Today, 25 states are considering single-payer legislation. New York is the closest to passing a bill. Make our state a national leader in pandemic recovery by supporting and passing the New York Health Act and enshrining health as a human right for all. Passing the NY Health Act has never been more urgent.
Sincerely,Oliver Fein, MD; Danny Lugassy, MD; Danny Neghassi, MD; Cheryl Kunis, MD; Roona Ray, MD, MPH; Peter Steinglass, MD; Julie Wegener, MD; Michael Zingman, Medical Student, Columbia P&S.
View the list of physicians who have endorsed the New York Health Act HERE.
Bren Raleigh, MD; Physicians for a National Health Program, Buffalo Chapter
David Ray, MD; Physicians for a National Health Program, Capital District
Oliver Fein, MD; Physicians for a National Health Program, NY Metro Chapter
Sunny Aslam, MD; Physicians for a National Health Program, Syracuse Chapter
Bill Jordan, MD and Marc Manseau, MD; National Physicians Alliance
New York State Academy of Family Physicians
Camille Clare, MD; Manhattan Central Medical Society
Doctors for America, Mt Sinai
Students for a National Health Program, Downstate
Students for a National Health Program, Mt Sinai
**Add your organization to this list by endorsing the NY Health Act here**
**Add your business as an endorser of the NY Health Act here**
P.S. If you are not a physician, we encourage you to call, email, and tweet your New York State Senator urging them to support S.4840, the New York Health Act.
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We need you now more than ever! We need to keep up and grow the momentum for guaranteed care for all and total health justice. Your tax-deductible contribution, no matter how small or large, goes towards organizing that ranges from the production of informational materials, direct action work, work in the community, collaborating with medical students and residents, monthly forums, building leadership, keeping the lights on and more!
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Ursula Rozum wants to volunteer 2018-05-09 13:20:19 -0400
Physicians for a National Health Program and the Campaign for New York Health have endorsed The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, as have several other doctors’ advocacy organizations. The Poor People's Campaign is uniting people nationwide to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and healthcare inequities. Their demands include “the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Medicare until the full implementation of single-payer universal health care for all.”
The Poor People's Campaign will launch by engaging in 40 days of highly publicized, non-violent direct action in 30 states between May 13 and June 21, culminating in a major rally in Washington, DC on Sat., June 23. This will include rallies and civil disobedience in state capitals each Monday (except for Tues., May 29, because of Memorial Day on Monday). The Albany actions will be on May 14, May 21, (Tues.) May 29, June 4, June 11, and June 18, each week with a particular political theme. We would especially encourage participation in the June 4 actions, for which the theme is environmental protection and the right to healthcare access. Whether on June 4 or the other dates, it’s a great opportunity to bring our demand for universal, single-payer healthcare to a wider audience. We also hope you'll join us in Albany on Tuesday, June 5 for the annual Rally and Lobby Day for the New York Health Act!
A White Coats Brigade in the Poor People’s Campaign is being organized by health professionals and health-profession students (physicians, nurses, PAs, social workers, etc.) to participate in their white coats or other professional attire (scrubs, etc.). Besides offering a visible white-coat presence at actions, health professionals will provide any needed medical aid.
Please indicate below if you would like to join any of the actions in Albany, either as part of the White Coats Brigade or as a non-health-professional supporting single-payer. If you have questions, email [email protected]. Once you RSVP, you will receive an email with details for how to register for each action and a volunteer sign up for Capital District Volunteers.
Here are the themes for each week of the 40 Days of Action:
Mon., May 14: Child Poverty, Women and people with Disabilities
Mon., May 21: Systemic Racism, Voter Suppression and Immigration
Tues., May 29: The War Economy, Veterans and Education
Mon., June 4: Ecological Devastation and Health
Mon., June 11: Systemic Poverty, Jobs, Income and Housing
Mon., June 18: Challenging the Nation’s Distorted Moral Narrative
Transportation is being coordinated from all over New York State.
Please RSVP and we will do our best to connect everyone to the buses and carpools. Thank you!Become a volunteer