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To the Editor,
On Tuesday, October 10th, I am hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the
pros and cons of a single payer healthcare system in New York State. I have
gotten many emails and phone calls from my constituents asking about what
the single payer healthcare system is, and what it will do. This forum
provides an opportunity to address any questions you may have.
Healthcare- and who pays for it- has become one of the most discussed topics
in America. As Congress debates ways to improve and replace the Affordable
Care Act, another discussion wages in our state government over whether a
government run system can cure New York's healthcare woes. Assemblyman
Richard Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera have introduced legislation,
A.4738/S.4840, to establish a uniform single payer system for every resident
of the state. The goal of this bill would be to ensure that all residents of
New York would be fully covered for all medically necessary services. Such
services would include the medical supply costs for primary, preventive,
specialists, hospital, mental, dental, vision, and prescription drugs.
There are both pros and cons to creating a single payer healthcare system
which will be discussed at my meeting on October 10th by expert panelists
including Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Director of Heath Policy for
the Empire Center for Public Policy Bill Hammond, Past President of the
Westchester Medical Society and Westchester Academy of Medicine Dr. Thomas
Lee, and Physicians for a National Health Program NY Metro Chapter Dr. Betsy
Hope to see you at my discussion to ask questions of the experts and to
learn more about this healthcare proposal.
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