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.