Like most new things, single-payer’s growing popularity has provoked not only increased interest but a proliferation of myths and misinformation. Which is why I’ve written this article.
First, single-payer health care is not socialism. The health care system will not be taken over by the state but will remain as is, with existing hospitals and providers caring for their patients just as they now do. The fundamental change is that the payer of all costs incurred will be one, the state of New York, and not the hundreds of private insurance companies that now perform that task.