Letter: State should pass N.Y. Health Act

August 26, 2015

Barbara Harrison 7:15 a.m. EDT August 25, 2015


I am writing to express my concern that there are many people in Tompkins County who are unaware of the work being done by Single Payer New York to cover all New Yorkers equitably for health care through the New York Health Act.

This has occurred because of a lack of coverage of this issue by the corporate media. The passage of the act by the state Assembly has given us an opportunity to reach out to legislative bodies in Tompkins County, asking them to pass resolutions in support of the bill. To date, the Tompkins County Legislature, Tompkins County Council of Governments, City of Ithaca Common Council, Town of Ulysses and Caroline have passed resolutions.

We will continue to meet with representatives of all municipalities and their constituents, providing information and facilitating discussion regarding the New York Health Act. We are asking them to support resolutions, and then to move the bill forward by contacting their state senators, asking them to pass the bill and send it to the governor’s desk.

For more information about the campaign to pass New York Health: nyhcampaign.org or contact Barbara Harrison at bcharrison21@yahoo.com. We would be happy to meet with a group of people in your community.




City Supports Single Payer Health Plan/Ithaca Health Alliance seeing increased use

August 8, 2015

Ithaca’s Common Council passed a resolution in support of a state bill to create a single-payer health care system.

The New York Health Act has already been passed by a vote in the state Assembly, and is now before the (Republican-controlled) state Senate, “a

much heavier lift,” Barbara Harrison told council.

(Tompkins County passed a near-identical resolution on June 2.)

Given ever-increasing health care costs, the “simplest approach is to move directly from the current multiple-payer approach, with its high costs of

administration, marketing, and profits for shareholders of the many insurance companies, to a single-payer system, where the government is the

insurer of all, a system used in other industrialized democracies,” the resolution reads.

According to a report from Dan Goldberg of Capital New York, the bill’s proponents expect it to save $45 billion in costs by 2019, and no universal

health care bill had been on the Assembly floor since 1992. It was passed by an 92-52  vote in the Assembly on May 27.


Ithaca Health Alliance seeing increased use

 Clinic Coordinator Sadie Hays, right, examines a patient at the Ithaca Free Clinic, one of the ways the un- and under-insured are finding health care in Ithaca. (Photo Provided)