The June 20 Washington Post editorial about single-payer health insurance argues that a simple, sane plan couldn’t work at the dysfunctional Washington level of politics and therefore, we should adopt our own New York Health Act.
Ninety-eight percent of us would save, on average, $2,200 yearly — a significant savings.
All we need is one more state senator, like Jim Tedisco, to support single payer. He is known for his compassion to animals, and I assume he has the same level of concern for his human constituents. Local voters would be very grateful if he gets this out of his health committee.
Doctors could spend more time with their patients and less time dealing with the paperwork of 150 different profit-driven insurance plans, not to mention paying for more staff to manage all of this.
Our local taxes would decrease due to the savings. The total price tag will go down by $45 billion by not paying for insurance company middlemen, premiums, deductibles, co-pays, out of network charges, etc.
Property taxes would decrease because local governments wouldn’t be paying for Medicaid and employee health care would be cheaper. Professor Gerald Friedman, chair of the Economics Department at UMass, Amherst, did a comprehensive study showing that New York Health would save $71 billion a year.
For a good overview, visit www.lwvny.org/convention/2015/
Health care should be a human right, not a privilege.