Local group pushes single-payer healthcare in NY

Those supporting an effort to get universal health care in New York — including members of a fledgling organization in Geneva — hope to convince state legislators of the need through the stories of their constituents.

Erika Wischmann is the director of a Geneva group canvassing neighborhoods to find people who want to talk about anything from high deductibles and co-pays to delaying treatment because of costs.

The goal is to gather information with these surveys to help lobby lawmakers to support the New York Health Act, which would provide comprehensive, universal health coverage to all state residents, and which would replace private insurance coverage.

Coverage would be funded through a graduated tax on payroll and non-payroll taxable income, based on ability to pay. For 98 percent of New Yorkers, say supporters, it would be much less than what they now spend on healthcare.

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