SENATOR RIVERA RESPONDS TO REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE’S COMMENTS ON THE NEW YORK HEALTH ACT 

SENATOR RIVERA RESPONDS TO REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE’S COMMENTS ON THE NEW YORK HEALTH ACT 

“Mr. Molinaro needs to get his facts straight: Universal healthcare is not a radical idea.
Inevitably, there will be challenges in implementing any new system in New York State and that is why Assemblymember Gottfried and I are making every effort to have a fully thought out proposal. For example, this legislation proposes that an individual’s contribution would be based on their income and that an employer would still be required to contribute a percentage towards an employee’s coverage. We must also consider that increased access to preventive care will lead to less emergency room visits and other intensive care services that are by far more costly. Furthermore, projected savings come from being able to negotiate on behalf of nearly 20 million New Yorkers to achieve lower healthcare prices, rather than smaller groups negotiating with far less leverage.

New Yorkers are not opposed to the concept of healthcare for all. We simply need to talk to more New Yorkers about the implementation of the New York Health Act, the fiscal benefits for families and businesses, and the type of health care that they would have access to under this system.”

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