New York Information

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.

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

News release
NEW YORK – The New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), an 18,000-member national organization, denounces the federal debt ceiling deal signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011

By Douglas Turner | The Buffalo News
In New York, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, has introduced legislation creating a single-payer plan for all residents of the state. Gottfried is Health Committee chairman. His bill has more than 60 Assembly and Senate co-sponsors. Among them are Democratic Assembly Members Sam Hoyt, Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Mark F. Schroeder, of Buffalo.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011

By Trevor T. Alford | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
Looking to follow in the footsteps of Vermont, which passed legislation May 26 leading toward a single-payer health care system in that state, two lawmakers are pushing for the adoption of a public health option in New York.

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By Cara Matthews | The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.)
Democratic lawmakers in both houses introduced a universal health care bill today, under which publicly sponsored coverage would replace coverage by insurance companies. Instead of premiums, there would be broad-based public financing of health care based on people’s ability to pay. It would be funded through a graduated income tax, and the system wouldn’t have deductibles or co-payments. Delivery of care would remain primarily private.

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Single Payer New York Single payer advocates will join with leaders of the Legislative Health Committees on Tuesday June 7 at noon to announce the introduction of legislation to create a Medicare for All style universal health care system in NY.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011

By Casey Seiler | Albany Times Unions
Dr. Garrett Adams, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, is swinging through the Capital Region meeting with fellow advocates for a single-payer health care system, and doing interviews with Susan Arbetter of “The Capitol Pressroom”

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011

By Madeline Zevon | The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.)
Under the PPACA bill, 23 million Americans will still be uninsured in 2019. Surging health-care costs will not be contained. As long as we have private insurers we will never be able to achieve truly universal or affordable care. Compared with other developed nations, the United States pays twice as much for health care and yet ranks 49th among male and female life expectancy. By replacing the inefficient patchwork of private insurers with a streamlined single-payer, our nation can save about $400 billion annually, enough to cover everyone, with no co-pays or deductibles. The House single-payer bill, HR 676, will be introduced again this month. In the 2009-10 Congress, there were 12 co-sponsors from New York, and Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, recently said that when the same bill is reintroduced, she will sign on.

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

By Andrew D. Coates | The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)
The Schenectady Free Health Clinic provides high-quality care to some 2,600 patients, about 18 percent of Schenectady County’s uninsured, free of charge. The need for the clinic is increasing.

Posted on Monday, August 2, 2010

By Joseph Birnbaum | Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.)
Despite the valuable controls being put in place to prevent the insurance companies from denying and limiting needed care, the fact remains that Big Insurance and Big Pharma (the medical/industrial complex) are still in firm control of our health-care system and will still be able to spend 25-35 percent (or more) of your health-care dollars on management, marketing and huge administrative salaries.

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010

By Richard Propp | Albany (N.Y.) Times Union
Friday marks the 45th birthday of Medicare, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, in the presence of former President Harry Truman, an early proponent. Medicare has provided care to people 65 and older since 1966, and more recently to those who are disabled or who have end-stage kidney disease.

Posted on Monday, March 15, 2010

By RICHARD PROPP | Albany Times-Union
After seven years of academic medicine, 20 years of private practice and 10 years at the state Health Department in patient safety, I became convinced by my studies that uninsurance and underinsurance were our biggest public health problems, responsible for extensive unnecessary illness, deaths, bankruptcies and economic noncompetitiveness. I retired from state government in 2005 to help form an interfaith alliance to work on this issue.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

By George Jolly | The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Health care reform has derailed and is sitting beside the tracks. The proposals that came out of Congress are patchworks of policies which try to alleviate some of the most egregious failures of our present healthcare “non-system,” such as limiting the power of insurance companies to refuse to cover those with pre-existing conditions.

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

By Russell Mokhiber | Single Payer Action
Single payer activists David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler are moving to New York City. In the fall of 2010, they will become full professors at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health at Hunter College.

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010

By CATHLEEN F. CROWLEY | Albany (N.Y.) Times Union
The keynote speaker at an upcoming forum on health reform has two arrests to prove her devotion to her cause. Dr. Carol Paris, a Maryland psychiatrist, was arrested at a U.S. Senate hearing in June after she stood up and asked senators to consider a single-payer system. Paris was arrested again a week ago while trying to deliver a letter to President Barrack Obama.

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

By Paul Post | The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
I think [the proposed health care legislation] should be defeated in its current form. I belong to a group called Single Payer New York. We promote the concept, “Medicare for all.” Under proposed legislation, only half the people without insurance or the underinsured would actually be covered. The rest wouldn’t. We want access. Health care should be for everyone. Also, health care quality should be improved, based on evidence-based medicine, and it should be “portable.” People shouldn’t have to change insurance providers when they change employers. Sometimes there are gaps and waiting periods. God forbid you have a serious illness during one of those times.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2010

By Andrew Coates | Rochester City Newspaper
The crux of the legislation in Congress is compulsory private insurance. Under the "individual mandate," a long-held wish of the insurance companies, the government will coerce people to become and remain their paying customers.

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009

By Athena Godet-Calogeras, Peter Mott and Andrew Coates | The Buffalo News
You might think that all of us who have worked so long and so hard for comprehensive and affordable health care would be jumping with joy at the recent passage of a House bill and the opening of the Senate debate on health insurance reform. Not so.

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009

By MIMI KOREN | Sound and Town Report
A Mamaroneck physician believes that a single-payer plan would be the only effective way to reform the nation’s health system. Early this week she denounced the reform bills passed by the House of Representatives and now up for debate in the Senate. “I don’t think [they] will fix things,” said Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal. “The best thing to do [would be] scrap them both and do single-payer. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009

From Dr. Laura Boylan
I was arrested this morning in an act of peaceful civil disobedience along with a diverse group of seven others, including a medical student and a nurse, similarly passionate about Medicare for All. Ours was one of 17 actions organized by Mobilization for Health Care for All across the country to honor International Human Rights Day. We blocked the doors to Sen. Charles Schumer’s office building.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

By Ashley Smith
The battle for health care reform is heating up in Congress. The House has already passed one bill, and the Senate is debating another version. But as Dr. Andy Coates explains, both bills will fail in solving the health care crisis--and, in fact, place a greater financial burden than ever on working people.

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009

By Kathlyn Stone | TC Daily Planet
The American Medical Association has come out against President Obama’s “public option” for health care reform, but the AMA doesn’t represent all physicians. Some physicians’ groups support the public option but others think it doesn’t go far enough to fix changes in a badly broken system. Dr. Oliver Fein, president of the progressive Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), found a warm welcome in the Twin Cities last week. Fein was here to present PNHP’s vision for a national single payer health program. PNHP has 16,000 members, including 300 in Minnesota.