NEW YORK IS CLOSE TO PASSING SINGLE-PAYER UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

New York State is close to passing single-payer universal healthcare.
According to the Village Voice, the New York Senate is two votes away from passing single-payer healthcare insurance that would be available for all New Yorkers.

While some claim that universal healthcare would lead to “rationed care”, Gerald Friedman, the Chairman of the University of Massachusetts Economics Department, disagrees.

In 2015, the economics professor analyzed the likely costs of New York’s proposed bill for universal healthcare and found that it would reduce New York’s total projected 2019 healthcare costs by around 25%. Right now, New York is home to over a million people without health insurance and another 2.3 million people whose healthcare access will be jeopardized by the passage of Trumpcare.

Professor Friedman’s disagrees that universal healthcare would lead to rationing. His response to that argument is that healthcare is already rationed since 20% of New Yorkers are unable to afford a doctor’s visit. Additionally, he argues, doctors would spend more time seeing their patients rather than being preoccupied with insurance matters.

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