NY Assembly OKs universal health care; bill halted in Senate
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system.
The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure last week for the fourth year in a row.
Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however. The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year next year.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says Democrats in his chamber believe all Americans deserve a health care system that guarantees coverage for all.
The proposal would allow all New Yorkers to enroll for health coverage that comes with no network restrictions, deductibles or co-pays. The system would use state and local funds that now go to Medicaid and other health care programs.