|Release: Senate GOP leader Flanagan calls proposed single-payer healthcare a 'costly, bureaucratic nightmare' that will raise taxes, cause doctors to leave NY, and administered by incompetent Albany bureaucrats.|
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
STATEMENT FROM SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN J. FLANAGAN
Iím pleased that the Assembly and Senate Health Committees are today holding a joint hearing on legislation to bring single-payer healthcare to our state. By doing so, they will highlight many of the problems associated with imposing this costly, bureaucratic nightmare on the people of New York.
If the Democrats in Albany succeed in passing this bill, overburdened taxpayers will soon be forced to cough up hundreds of billions of dollars more in taxes than they are paying now. The stateís top doctors will leave New York and the quality of our health care will suffer. Patients in search of timely medical attention will wait months or even years for the urgent care they need and deserve. Anyone who likes their doctor will almost certainly lose their doctor. No New Yorker will be allowed to carry private insurance. And, the same Albany bureaucrats who could barely get the stateís medical marijuana program off the ground will be in charge of running our entire health care system.
Presently, the stateís uninsured population is 4.7%, its lowest rate in years. And, while we should look at other ways to improve access to health care, passage of this bill will collapse the stateís economy and cause chaos in virtually every community throughout New York. Single-payer hasnít worked in any other state where it has been attempted. We should heed those lessons. Albany-care is a prescription for disaster.