Dr. Buchberger’s (The Citizen, 7/4/17) article “Repealing and replacing ObamaCare” hits the nail on the head: our private health insurance system that creates huge profits and poor health care is an awful lot like an “insurance crime family” shakedown of the whole country.

The New York Health Act is a solution to this predicament, one that will drastically improve health outcomes, drastically decrease costs for 98 percent of New Yorkers (including eliminating co-pays and deductibles), and be a boon to businesses and places of worship which struggle with expensive employee health plans and burdensome paperwork. It would place a tiered payroll tax on all paychecks in New York, with extremely low rates for the middle and lower classes (zero for the very poorest) and sensible rates for the rich and on high-end investments. Everyone would be covered, and the state would pay all doctor bills out of these funds: a single payer system. Everyone would have their choice of doctor and there would be no in or out of network status at all.

According to an economic study of the NY Health Act, its implementation would save over $40 billion in the first year alone and save thousands of lives annually. With everyone covered and the efficiencies of a single payer system eliminating all the greedy private insurance companies, we can take care of all New Yorkers at a lower cost!

One of the biggest obstacles is the power of the insurance companies. Anywhere in the nation where a single payer system has neared a major vote, they pour out their money in aggressive and misleading ad campaigns stirring up peoples’ fears of government control and botched implementation.

In reality the system would be an improved and expanded version of our national Medicare system, which has extremely low administrative costs and is effective. The NY Health Act would also eliminate the sore spot where people whose income is just above the cutoff for Medicaid face terribly expensive health care costs while others who make just a bit less than they do have access to comprehensive, low cost care.

A solution for our health care woes is right in front of our faces, and only a few more state senators need to be persuaded to support it. Please educate yourself on this practical, sensible and compassionate bill and urge your senator to support the New York Health Act.

Ethan Bodnaruk

Syracuse

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