Imagining a better health care system

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The coronavirus pandemic has shown us many of the shortcomings of our current health care system.

When health insurance is connected to employment, people who lose their jobs lose their health insurance. New York State lost one million jobs during the pandemic —10 percent of its total workforce. Because many of these people were unable to find a new job immediately, they could not get appropriate health care during a very vulnerable time of their lives, in the middle of a horrible pandemic.

If we had a universal single payer health care system, people who lost their jobs would still have financial difficulties, but they would at least be taken care of if they or their families had health issues.
When we get our health care through different insurance companies, our community health care becomes fragmented. Some of us get better care than others and we all are limited to whatever our insurance company offers or even go without any health care at all. This profit-based system does not negotiate the prices of the health services and medicines we get.

The New York Health Act provides a better, more efficient, and more affordable health care system that will provide all New Yorkers with the safest possible health care. We all deserve this.

— Nesecan Balkan, Clinton

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