By Celia Watson Seupel, Nov 25, 2019
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Some 80 supporters of the New York Health Act gathered Monday morning outside the Ulster County Office Building, posters and other props in hand, prior to a state Legislature public hearing on the proposed single-payer plan.
The hearing, the last of four held across the state, drew a packed house in the county Legislature's chamber.
Opponents also were on hand at the rally, including one who parked a truck in front of the building that bore a painted message stating reasons to reject the plan: billions of dollars in new taxes, jobs at risk and hospital losses.
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a sponsor of the legislation, called that message "misinformation." In fact, the Bronx Democrat said, a hospital in his district at which 70 percent of patients are on Medicaid would become more stable.