Progressive groups line up behind single-payer bill in New York

A series of progressive groups will begin a formal campaign on Thursday to pass the New York Health Act, a bill that would pave the way for a single-payer health care system in New York City.

Groups include Our Revolution, the political organization formed out of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential race in 2016, as well as the New York Progressive Action Network and the Campaign for New York Health.

The staged effort comes with several weeks before New York state lawmakers conclude the legislative session next month.

The organizations will hold a virtual meeting Thursday evening to discuss the measure as well as ways to work together to get the bill through the Senate and State Assembly.

The call comes as Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera once again introduced the legislation. Supporters of the bill have pointed to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic as a sign that a single-payer healthcare system is needed, as well as the potential for an overall reduction in healthcare costs when fully implemented. implemented.

The creation of such a program, however, involves significant obstacles to the final passage.

Business entities and conservative groups remain at odds, pointing to the cost associated with the plan and the potential effect it would have on jobs and taxes in New York City. In New York City, the Business Council and other allied organizations have made efforts to push back on the New York Health Act in recent weeks after the state budget passed last month.

A right-wing think tank, the Equal Opportunities Research Foundation, released a report on Wednesday questioning the impact of the bill on the working poor in New York City.

This week, the business-aligned Realities of Single Payer released a report highlighting the negative effect the measure could have on jobs in New York City by region, including in finance and insurance.

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