LETTER: Support for New York Health Act, Judy Jones, Binghamton Times and Sun-Bulletin

State Sen. O’Mara said The New York Health Act (NYHA AKA single payer) “would swamp the state budget – we can’t afford the taxes necessary to pay the annual $91 billion price tag.” State Sen. Seward said his “primary concern is the cost” and the “additional taxes displacing critical services.”

Had they carefully read the bill and its economic analysis, they would find that property taxes could drop significantly due to the elimination of the Medicaid mandate on counties and their health insurance expense. The cost for county and school district health insurance, paid for by our property taxes, could lower our property taxes substantially. In Tompkins County the savings from Medicaid mandate and county employee benefits alone is estimated at $22 million.

Read the full letter at the Binghamton Times and Sun-Bulletin here.