NYS hearing in Rochester weighs pros and cons of single-payer health care

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The New York State Senate and Assembly Health Committees were in Rochester Thursday for a public hearing on the New York Health Act.

The New York Health Act, known legally as Senate Bill S3577, would establish universal, single-payer coverage for all New Yorkers. The program would be publicly funded, including existing federal support for Medicaid and Medicare.

Supporters say the passage of this bill wold mean New Yorkers would no longer have to pay premiums, deductibles, co-pays, out-of-network charges, or have limited provider options.

Those who oppose the bill say it would create the largest state tax increase in U.S. history, with new taxes of more than $250 billion a year when fully implemented. The Rochester area alone would face $13.8 billion in new taxes, according to opponents of the bill.

The Rochester hearing is the second in as series of statewide hearings on the bill, with other hearings scheduled to take place in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Video and a transcript from the first meeting is available online.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we have a crew at the hearing and will continue to update this developing story.

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