New York Information

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By Matthew D'Onofrio | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
For two decades, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, has been calling on his fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that would provide universal health care for all New Yorkers.

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By Katie Gibas | Time Warner Cable News
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- What if you didn't have to worry about insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays when it comes to your health care? That's what some New York lawmakers are proposing with the New York Health Act.

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
Gov. Peter Shumlin wanted to enact a single-payer system in Vermont, but it soon became clear to him that he could not do it without federal support. The comprehensive federal waivers that would be required, as well as lifting Employee Retirement Income Security Act restrictions, would not be forthcoming from Congress. Therefore the label “single payer” was removed from the legislation and the bill was completely rewritten.

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By Irina Ivanova | Crain's New York Business
The Affordable Care Act has made an unwieldy system of health insurance even more complicated, and should be replaced with a centralized, tax-funded health care system.

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By Jessica Bauer Walker | The Buffalo News
Recently, hearings were held in Buffalo on the New York Health act, legislation that would provide universal, equitable health insurance for all New Yorkers. Physicians, medical students, nurses, community health workers, leaders from labor and community-based organizations and patients came out to testify.

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014

By Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D. | The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.)
Although the Affordable Care Act has made improvements in our health-care system by expanding access and curbing the most abusive practices of the health insurance industry, it does not address the core problems with our current health-care system.

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014

By Henry Davis | Buffalo News
One patient went overseas for an operation to avoid paying high out-of-pocket costs here.

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014

By Stan Gutelius, M.D. | Auburn (N.Y.) Citizen
Good news! Now that we are in that time of year when you should be comparing your medical insurance policy with other possible policies, I can offer you the one you have been looking for.

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014

By Tom Ellis | The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)
In her Oct. 30 column, “GE breaks its promise to retirees,” Sara Foss commented on General Electric’s sudden alteration of its long-established health care program for GE retirees, many of who are quite elderly and who thought GE had promised benefits that are now about to be dropped. She also noted that today, few private-sector workers can expect to have lifetime employee-sponsored health insurance.

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By Matthew Dondiego | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
During a rally Wednesday on the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase in support of single-payer health care reform, the state's Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus formally announced its support for the New York Health bill.

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

By Kelly Fay | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
Lawmakers, patients and health providers are urging the Legislature to pass a bill they say would provide every New Yorker with the basic human right to health care. Advocates rallied outside the Capitol Tuesday demanding the state adopt a single-payer system of health insurance and put "patients before profits."

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

By David Sims | The Chief-Leader (New York)
The Affordable Care Act’s changes to the nation’s health-care business mean good and bad things for organized labor, but a Feb. 27 LaborPress event on its impact focused more on pushing for a single-payer system in the state to relieve the increased pressure on unions.

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014

By Sara Foss | The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)
The other night I attended a debate at The Linda in Albany, WAMC’s performing arts studio, on whether the U.S. should adopt a single-payer health care system.

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By Tiffany Brooks | Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
The Working Families Party, Service Employees International Union 1199, and the Communication Workers of America District 1 last Tuesday joined Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, to support New York Health, a single payer health care program.

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014

By George Sax | Artvoice (Buffalo, Ny.)
A skeptical, well-dressed middle-aged man was the first person to take advantage of Dr. Andy Coates’s surprise invitation to the audience gathered Thursday evening in D’Youville College’s Madonna Lounge to hear him discuss the need and prospects for a national single-payer health insurance system. Instead of immediately proceeding to his remarks, Coates, an Albany physician and a nationally recognized expert, asked the approximately 100 people in the audience if any of them wanted to ask a question, and this questioner challenged the very idea of national health insurance.

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014

By Claire Hughes | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Doctors must advocate for their patients' health — with supervisors who approve procedures, for instance, or insurance companies that pay for services.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By Henry Davis | The Buffalo News
If Buffalo is any indication, the campaign for single-payer health insurance didn’t die with the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By Kyle Hughes | The Oneida (N.Y.) Daily Dispatch
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A group of 70 medical school students held their first-ever Capitol lobbying day Tuesday, calling for universal health care, medical marijuana and reining in insurers that now account for a third of the cost of healthcare here.

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Claire Hughes | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
Dr. Richard Propp and Alice Brody thought Obamacare might sink their movement.

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013

By Marc Lavietes, M.D. | Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
Frustration with the rollout of The Affordable Care Act is understandable. We should remember that similar problems and criticisms were rampant when the Medicare program was initiated.

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By David Ray, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
I believe the article on Uwe Reinhardt's lecture at the University at Albany had a glaring omission ("Website failure carries high risk," Nov. 20). I attended this talk, and the first question posed to Mr. Reinhardt was "what about single-payer health care?" He responded by revealing that he consulted with the government of Taiwan when they chose to overhaul their system in 1995, and he facilitated their adoption of a single-payer system.

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

By Richard Weiskopf, M.D. | The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Every day we read in The Post-Standard about how complicated the Affordable Care Act is and what a large number of pages it is. Its popularity can be seen by the millions who registered for health insurance on the first day of enrollment -- so many that computer systems went down due to overload. The ACA is definitely one step in the right direction toward improving our dysfunctional health care system. But we need to go further and adopt Single Payer -- not politically realistic today, but we need to work toward it.

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

By Ted Herman | The Journal News (LoHud.com, N.Y.)
The young, employers, and frankly, all of us, are losing out in our broken health-care system, but not because of the issues raised by the writers from the Heritage Foundation, an organization that consistently opposes progressive governmental solutions to America’s most pressing societal challenges.

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

By Bill Lambdin | NewsChannel 13, wynt.com (Albany, N.Y.)
ALBANY, N.Y. – Just today third year medical student Janice Lee told the crowd, she observed a case where doctors were debating not what care would work, but what treatment the uninsured patient could receive.

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

By Reid Pillfant | Capital New York
"Well as I understand his proposal, it's not what I would call a single-payer proposal, but it has some useful elements," said David Himmelstein, a professor of public health at Hunter College, and a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By Alec Pruchnicki, M.D. | WestView News (New York City)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare, will affect us. It is a complex area of law with many pieces. In 2010, it passed Congress with many compromises, and mostly survived a Supreme Court challenge. Here are a few of its major provisions.

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By Tanique Williams | Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
New Yorkers from across the state — including hundreds of doctors, nurses, patients, labor unions, community organizations, faith groups, and seniors — delivered 10,000 signatures supporting a single-payer health care bill sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, and Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Harlem.

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013

By Casey Seiler | Albany Times-Union
The Manhattan Democrat’s legislation, A.5389, has 73 co-sponsors in his chamber — though Speaker Sheldon Silver is not among them — and about a dozen in the Senate, where the measure is now carried by Bill Perkins. (Until this year, Tom Duane served as its Senate sponsor.)

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013

By Casey Seiler | Albany Times-Union
ALBANY — Enacting a massive state takeover of the cost of health care for every New Yorker might seem like a heavy lift even in a deep-blue state like New York.

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013

By Bernie Fetterly | Ithaca Journal
Cuts to Medicare are aimed at the wrong target. We don’t have an “entitlements” problem; we have a broken health care system. If nothing is done to that system, the rising cost of health care will cause Medicare and other publicly funded health care programs to consume an even larger portion of the budget.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

By Richard Propp, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
One doesn't hear that much about Medicare's amazing 47-year record of paying for the care of seniors and disabled people. We are concentrating more on learning and arguing about the benefits and problems with the current health care reform of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012

By Michael Novinson | Times Herald-Record (Monroe, N.Y.)
While the Supreme Court spent months pondering whether or not Obama’s health care plan went too far, Joseph Birnbaum maintains that the reforms didn’t go far enough.

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | The New York Times, Letters
Let’s get real about health care reform. Although the Affordable Care Act will bring health insurance to many, it will not bring health care to all or control costs. Millions will still be uninsured or underinsured: one job loss or illness away from bankruptcy. Billions of dollars will continue to be wasted by private, for-profit insurance companies through inflated administrative costs, profits to shareholders and huge salaries for chief executives. These dollars could all be going toward providing health care if we eliminated this unnecessary middleman.

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012

By Laurence S. Jacobs, M.D. | The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)
The country now awaits the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). No matter what decision is made, however, it is important to recognize the inadequacies of the ACA, and to understand the optimal solution to our health insurance crisis.

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By Single Payer New York | Healthcare-Now
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Doctors, nurses, patients, senior citizens, anti-poverty advocates, faith leaders and medical administrators joined Assemblymember Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Thomas Duane in unveiling an updated and revised single-payer legislative proposal for New York State on Tuesday. More than 70 state lawmakers are co-sponsors.

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012

By Alan A. Pfeffer and Richard Propp | Letters, Albany (N.Y.) Times Union
The state knew that the needs of people on ventilators, people suffering from traumatic brain injuries and people with Huntington's disease could not be met by the nursing homes within the state. Instead of first creating the needed special units that are required, it decided to try and "repatriate" them back into regular nursing homes.

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2012

By Cathleen F. Crowley | Albany Times-Union
ALBANY – A local physician and activist was chosen as president-elect of Physicians for a National Health Program, a national organization of 18,000 doctors who support universal health care.

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011

Doctors and nurses from Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) provided free health care to the Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park on Sunday.

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011

By Erica Ferrari | NY1 News
Nurses and doctors joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters Sunday to rally for health care reform, and tourists continued to funnel in and out of Zuccotti Park to witness the demonstrations for themselves.

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011

By JESSICA FIRGER and SUMATHI REDDY | The Wall Street Journal
As temperatures dip and the Occupy Wall Street protesters head into their sixth week of camping at Zuccotti Park, health professionals say they are treating activists for ailments ranging from hypothermia to skin infections, the effects of living outside in crowded conditions with little more than sleeping bags and tarps.