Nurses at Cayuga Medical Center Continue to Fight for Right to Organize

January 21, 2016

Please go to the following for more information:

In the next weeks, we need to canvass people living along route 96 on either side of the hospital.If you know anyone who lives on that road who would be willing to host a yard sign, please let me know.

Contact Scott Marsland, organizer



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‘I Am Drowning.’ The Voices of People With Medical Debt.

January 12, 2016


Students for the New York Health Act, Lobby Day in Albany! Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 10am – 4pm

January 7, 2016



Medical and health professional students from across New York State will descend on Albany to advocate for the right to health care! All students are welcome to attend. No prior lobbying or advocacy experience necessary. Lobby training will be available. Transportation offered from New York City. More details here.

The Burden of Medical Debt: Results from the Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times Medical Bills Survey

January 7, 2016

New Study: Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt

The New York Times featured an article this week titled, “Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt” highlighting the findings of a recent study that show even as more people gain health insurance, they still face financial insecurity due to the overwhelming costs associated with health insurance in the forms of deductibles, copays, and monthly premiums. An online dialogue has started in response to the article about how medical debt affects our lives. These sobering comments reveal the familiar struggle of juggling healthcare costs with food, housing, and other needs. It is a powerful illustration that we need single-payer health care; a system that truly protects people from financial ruin in the event of an illness or injury. Read the article and join the discussion online here.

Assemblyman Brings Universal Health Care Message to Labor Leaders

January 1, 2016

  DEC 9, 2015 


A downstate legislator is visiting union representatives throughout the state to discuss his plan for universal health care.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried was in Rochester Wednesday as part of a tour that will continue into January.

The assemblyman believes he’s closer than ever in his two decade crusade to bring single payer health care to New York State. The plan won in the state assembly in May, but not the senate.

“The New York Health Act would create a universal, publically funded, totally comprehensive health plan for every New Yorker that would be funded through broad based assessments on taxable income based on ability to pay,” says Gottfried.

The Assemblyman is not deterred by the Vermont governor scrapping his year-long push for a similar plan last year.

“New York is different, partly because we have a much stronger economy statewide than Vermont does,” he says.

Gottfried says the Affordable Care Act doesn’t go far enough, “but what people want is not insurance. They want health care. And having insurance from insurance companies and other health plans doesn’t always get you health care.”

Critics call the plan unrealistic.