Seeking broader support for New York Health Act

Susan Beckley, a former medical office manager and medical billing specialist who is presently an administrator for four small businesses, explained how the NYHA will affect the people, businesses, doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes; and the financial advantages for local municipalities and school districts at a May 1 presentation organized by Yates Progressives.

Beckley, a Tompkins County resident, is seeking support to campaign for election to New York Senate. Using Yates County data, Beckley showed how local property taxes would be reduced significantly once the burden of Medicaid and municipal and school health insurance programs are relieved.

The NYHA is a proposed universal single payer program similar to an expanded “Medicare for all.” The bill states that NYHA will provide comprehensive, universal health care coverage for every New Yorker.

According to Beckley, the NYHA passed in the State Assembly three years in a row by a 2-to-1 margin; and 31 of the 63 state senators supported the bill in 2017, potentially placing it one vote short of coming out of the Health Committee for a floor vote.

“With passage of the NY Health Act, all residents of New York State would have all of their medically necessary health care costs covered,” says Beckley, adding, “Rather than premiums set by health insurance companies for various plans, universal health care costs are based upon New Yorkers’ ability to pay.”

Due to the significant decrease in the cost of corporate insurance administrators, and the elimination of for-profit incentives and multi-million dollar executive salaries, health care costs will decrease for all but the wealthiest New Yorkers. Beckley cited Ewe Reinhardt of Duke University Medicine who called the fact that the 900-bed Duke hospital has 900 billing clerks but not 900 nurses, “obscene.”

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