Video: Dems for a single-payer health care system
May 9, 2014
Here’s video of Assemblyman Richard Gottfried at a Wednesday-morning press conference pushing for action of his bill moving New York State to a single-payer health care system. More a rallying point than an actual legislative effort, the billhasn’t made it to the floor of the Democratic-controlled Assembly for a vote since 1992; it’s never had a vote in the Senate.
Sen. Bill Perkins, who backs the measure in that chamber, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to offer leadership, and pressed Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos — but not his Independent Dem partner in leadership Jeff Klein — to bring the bill forward.
Both lawmakers noted that while some might see the move to what advocates have often described as a “Medicare-for-all” system as radical, the steadily rising cost of health care has brought conditions to the sort of inflection point that has over the course of American history led to quantum leaps in policy — from the New Deal all the way back to the American Revolution itself.
Perkins said the push for a single-payer system was “as American as apple pie.”