ARTICLE: Brewing Healthcare Battle Is Preview of Medicare for All War, Harry Cheadle, VICE

New York is on the verge of a Democrat-on-Democrat slugfest that will determine the state's healthcare future.

By Harry Cheadle, December 13, 2018

Last month, Democrats achieved an historic win in New York, flipping control of the state senateand thus taking control of the entire government, upending a weird status quo during which a group of breakaway Democrats allowed the Republicans to control the legislature's upper chamber. Now that they actually have the power to pass laws in one of the most Democratic states in the country, the possibilities seem intoxicating for the left:Abortion access could be codified into law, the subways could finally be fixed, the state's byzantine election laws could be updated, and New York could commit to fighting climate change.

But right near the top of any progressive wish list is the New York Health Act, the state's version of Medicare for all—which is to say universal, government-provided—health insurance. Single-payer healthcare, as such systems are also called, has been a left-wing lodestar for generations. If the NYHA passed, it would make New York the first state in the union to guarantee free access to healthcare (and freedom from fear of health-related bankruptcy) to all of its residents, including undocumented people.

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