RADIO: Medicare for All NYS? It Has a Ways to Go, Mike Desmond, WBFO, Buffalo NPR

Interview by Mike Desmond, WBFO, April 16, 2019

There are a lot of building issues in the run-up to the 2020 presidential campaign. Among Democrats, one major issue is Medicare for All. Moday night, a group in Orchard Park talked about New York State's proposed version, the New York Health Act.

The proposal has gone through the State Assembly the last four years and with Democrats taking control of the State Senate, it is likely to pass that house. Then it is up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide if a single-payer health plan would come to New York.

Cost of the plan isn't clear. It would be paid for with all of the federal healthcare money that comes into the state and with a progressive income tax, possibly all replacing the property taxes that help pay for Medicaid.

Lawyer Kevin Ketchum said the plan would replace all private health insurance and be paid for with federal dollars and a progressive state income tax structure….

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