Imagine a better health system
The coronavirus pandemic has shown us many of the shortcomings of our current healthcare system.
When health insurance is linked to employment, people who lose their jobs lose their health insurance. New York State lost a million jobs during the pandemic, or 10% of its total workforce. Because many of these people were unable to find new jobs immediately, they were unable to obtain proper health care during a very vulnerable period of their lives, in the midst of a horrific pandemic.
If we had a universal single-payer health care system, people who lost their jobs would still have financial difficulties, but they would at least be supported if they or their families had health problems.
When we get our health care through different insurance companies, our community health care becomes fragmented. Some of us receive better care than others and we are all limited to whatever our insurance company offers or even without any health care whatsoever. This profit-based system does not negotiate the prices of the health services and drugs we receive.
The New York Health Act provides a better, more efficient, and more affordable health care system that will provide all New Yorkers with the safest health care possible. We all deserve this.
– Nesecan Balkan, Clinton