Public Citizen to Testify at Public Forum on Implementing Single-Payer Health Care in New York

Dec. 15, 2014

Public Citizen to Testify at Public Forum on Implementing Single-Payer Health Care in New York

WHAT: Testimony before the Health Committee of the New York Assembly in support of the “New York Health” bill, which would create a single-payer health care system in the state of New York. The measure should be adopted, Public Citizen will tell the assembly at a public forum tomorrow.

The Health Committee has scheduled six public hearings to receive feedback; review the effects and costs of the current health coverage system on patients, health care providers, employers, labor, taxpayers, health and health care; and examine how the single-payer system would work in New York.

Public Citizen and more than 80 New York organizations have endorsed a single-payer system, including Physicians for a National Health Program- NY Metro Chapter; the New York League of Women Voters; Green Party; Working Families Party; the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus; the AFL-CIO and many other labor unions, health and consumer groups.

“New York’s single-payer legislation could revolutionize health care in America,” said Vijay Das, health care advocate at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division who will be testifying before the Health Committee. “This legislation is crucial to providing health care to all New Yorkers, not just to those who can afford it.”

WHERE: New York University, Grand Hall, 5th Floor, 238 Thomas St., New York City

WHEN: 10 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 16

WHO: Vijay Das, health care policy advocate, Public Citizen

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