Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extraordinary leader who knew that real change requires action. Though he was arrested over two dozen times, physically assaulted, and had his home bombed, he never wavered in his pursuit of racial justice and economic equality.
Dr. King said, Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Those words help drive my work.
Millions of New Yorkers who have health insurance go without needed health care or suffer financial hardship to get it. They face rising premiums, deductibles, restricted provider networks, out-of-network charges, and unjustified denials of coverage. That is not acceptable.
The only way to meet that need is with the New York Health Act. It would bring all of us rich, poor and in between together in a system accountable to all of us, through a program of improved Medicare for all, a single-payer health care system; with no deductibles, co-pays or restricted provider networks; and paid for fairly with broad-based revenue based on ability to pay.
The New York State Assembly has passed the bill four years in a row by a 2-to-1 margin. And now, a majority of State Senators have cosponsored the bill, voted for it in the Assembly, or ran for election supporting it.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we continue the fight for justice, especially in health care.
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Happy Martin Luther King Day!
Richard N. Gottfried
Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health