Today some of my colleagues on the Health Committee touted the idea of creating a single-payer healthcare system for New York State. Every New Yorker has the right to affordable and accessible healthcare, but a single-payer healthcare system is the wrong way to fix our current woes, both fiscally and practically.
The single-payer system proposed by some of my Majority colleagues has the potential to raise our income taxes by up to $1,600which amounts to over $18,000 annually. A government controlled-and-mandated healthcare system would limit New Yorkers choices about their own coverage, and without a competitive market the system it is bound to decrease in quality.
We dont need to raise taxes, limit the range of access to healthcare, and lower our expectations for care in order to fix a flawed system. Single-payer threatens access to care by pushing for consolidation and mergers of community hospitals and health care centers. That is unacceptable, and I will continue to advocate for a competitive marketplace with the best quality services.