How lawmakers get their health care

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

"[The bill] will severely limit access to services for the more than 70 million people who rely on Medicaid for effective health coverage - and locks states' funding to what they spent on Medicaid in 2016", Murray said in a statement an hour before the bill passed.

"But then", said Gottfried, "the focus of reform shifted to Washington".

Gottfried said the state would have to raise $91 billion in revenues to fund such a system, but it ultimately would translate to $45 billion savings for New Yorkers statewide compared to what they pay for health care now.

Gallup's survey indicates that more Americans are concerned about the healthcare system now than at any other time since November 2013, when the figure was 19 percent amid the rollout of former President Barack Obama's ACA, or Obamacare.

Under the American Health Care Act, my health care will cost more and cover less. Funding it would have required an extra $2.5 billion annually, nearly double the state's current budget, and would have required an 11.5 percent payroll tax increase and a 9 percent income tax increase.

Additionally, employer spending on health care now eats up a median 12.8 percent of payroll costs on health insurance, up more than 50 percent in a decade, with small businesses spending even higher percentages.

The study provides the most up-to-date assessment yet of the ACA.

More than half of the participants said they had preexisting conditions, and the ones living in Medicaid expansion states were more likely to have a regular source of care for their chronic condition, with fewer delays in care and less trouble paying medical bills. But here in NY, we know that's not right - we fight hard for equality and health should not be the exception to the rule. At a town hall in New Jersey, for example, Trumpcare co-architect Rep. Tom MacArthur's constituents drowned him out with chants of "single payer" as he tried to defend his additions to the GOP plan, which preliminary analyses estimate would leave tens of millions more uninsured compared to the current health care system. "It's our responsibility to step up and lead the way because our health and the health of our children, friends, family and neighbors are in imminent danger".

The state Assembly on Tuesday is set to pass yet again legislation that would establish a single-payer health care system for the state. They included bolstering tax credits for lower-income Americans, older adults and those living in areas with high healthcare costs and providing enough time for people to adjust to Medicaid changes, among others.

"New Yorkers deserve better", Gottfried said. "We can't afford to reverse that progress or rural communities will suffer".

Health coverage is a top priority for the group.

This new popularity has also erupted at protests and town halls across the country.

Furthermore, Butterfield says, as the law stands now, under the Affordable Care Act, there's no need for high-risk pools of any sort.

Fein notes that a single payer system could significantly reduce costs by negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and health care providers, and drastically cutting hospital-billing costs.

"Making sure that patients have insurance that is needed to making sure that they have timely access to surgical care was important, and I know will continue to be important to the American College of Surgeons as we review a Senate bill", Christian Shalgian, the director of the group's division of advocacy and health policy, said.

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