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)



One Response to “City Supports Single Payer Health Plan/Ithaca Health Alliance seeing increased use”

  1. bill shaver on August 12th, 2015 4:35 pm

    LETS GET THIS RIGHT….OKAY…First of all the state will buy insurance policies for every resident of that state, pay for it out of revenue collections and transfer payments from the fed govt…THATS HOW SINGLE PAYER WORKS….NOT FREE…Single payer does nothing but eliminate paper work & duplicity …As time goes on you’ll see heathcare policy getting bulk rates for pharm drugs, ( generics) and funding for education of doctors & nurses & funding with private money for hospital modernizations….all coming soon….ELECT HON., B.SANDERS and it’ll get here sooner!