Sample – Resolution of Support for the New York Health Act
October 21, 2015
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I would like to begin connecting or helping people form groups across New York State to work on bringing the New York Health Act into law. In Tompkins County we have begun passing resolutions at the municipal level in support of the New York Health Act. We intend to use the passage of resolutions to connect with constituents in an effort to provide information and tools for people to contact their senators to ask them to support the New York Health Act.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of all New Yorkers.
Resolution of Support for the New York Health Act,
A. 5062 (Gottfried)/S.3525 (Perkins).
WHEREAS the ________[name of organization or local government] believes that
controlling health-care costs and ensuring health care for all residents are both of
paramount importance, and
WHEREAS the simplest approach to generating savings, reducing fraud and paying
claims is to move directly from the current multiple-payer approach with its high costs of
administration, to a single-payer approach to health-care coverage where the
government is the insurer, and
WHEREAS the New York Health Act will replace the current multi-payer system with a
single-billing system, will be publicly financed by progressively-graduated assessments
collected by the State and based on ability to pay, and will pool all health revenue
sources into a dedicated New York Health Trust Fund, and
WHEREAS the New York Health Act will establish a comprehensive universal health
insurance program for all New Yorkers with access to medical services and providers of
their choice, remove financial barriers to health care, expand provider network to ensure
continuity of care, and,
WHEREAS, according to the April 2015 Economic Analysis of the New York Health Act
report, by Gerald Friedman, Professor Chair of the Department of Economics at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the New York Health Act would provide a net
savings of over $45 billion in the first year alone after program improvements and
expansions of $25 billion (e.g. for increased utilization due to universal coverage,
expanded and more comprehensive health benefits, increased Medicaid and Medicare
reimbursement). In addition, ~98% of New Yorkers will pay less than they do now
for access to health care if a progressive financing mechanism such as the one
proposed in the recent economic analysis of the New York Health Act is adopted.
WHEREAS the New York Health Act will eliminate the local share of Medicaid, a
financial burden that drives up local property taxes; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the ________[name of organization or local government] strongly
supports adoption of the New York Health Act, A. 5062 (Gottfried)/S.3525 (Perkins),
and be it further
RESOLVED that the ________[name of organization or local government] urges
the New York State legislature and the Governor to pass this bill into law and take
the opportunity to accomplish this major and long-needed reform, and be it further
RESOLVED that the ________[name of organization’s director or local government
Clerk send copies to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators John Flanagan, Jeffrey
Klein, Kemp Hannon, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, [name of senators representing
district], and Assemblyman Carl Heastie and Richard Gottfried, and
Assemblywoman [name of assemblyperson representing district].