Campaign for New York Health
c/o NYSNA 131 W 33rd St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
The Campaign for New York Health is dedicated to passing and implementing universal, single-payer health care in New York State. The New York Health Act would make health care a guaranteed right for all New Yorkers, not something that is available to those who can afford it. Today, New Yorkers of all stripes face the challenges of the skyrocketing cost of health care and increasingly narrow networks that prevent them from seeing the hospitals and doctors of their choice. Health care workers are frustrated with the bureaucracy of private insurance companies. Over 1.6 million New Yorkers will remain uninsured even after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. We waste millions in tax payer dollars subsidizing wasteful, for-profit health insurance bureaucracy that is not transparent or accountable to New Yorkers. We can do better. By passing the New York Health bill, all New Yorkers will have: • Freedom to choose your health care providers. There would be no network restrictions. Only patients and their doctors – not insurance companies – would make health care decisions. • Comprehensive coverage. All New Yorkers would be covered for all medically necessary services, including: primary, preventive, specialists, hospital, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug, and medical supply costs – more comprehensive than commercial health plans. • No fear of going bankrupt due to medical bills. Today, insurance companies set the same high premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, whether it’s for a CEO or a receptionist, and a big successful company actually pays less than a small new business. Under New York Health, individuals and employers would not pay premiums, deductibles and co-pays. Instead, coverage would be funded through a graduated tax on payroll and non-payroll taxable income, based on ability to pay. For most people, it will be a substantial reduction in what they now spend. Most people’s take-home pay will go up. * Less administrative waste, better care, more accountability. The total cost would be tens of billions less than what we now spend, because we wouldn’t be paying for huge insurance company administrative costs and profits or for the time and paperwork of dealing with insurance companies. Health coverage would be accountable to the people of New York, not to insurance company stockholders. • Guaranteed health care that is not tied to employment. It reduces costs for employers – large and small – by taking them out of the business of buying health coverage. That would make New York dramatically more job-friendly, especially for small businesses, start-ups, low-margin businesses, local governments and taxpayers, and non-profits. We need your help to make it happen. Please join us today.