There are broad-based policy and political complications with single-payer health care, Healthcare Association of New York President Bea Grause told the Rockefeller Institute last week.
Grause in a talk at the think tank pointed to the failure of similar legislation in Vermont, a bill that ultimately failed to pass. She pointed to the need to recruit primary care doctors as well as the math surrounding potential savings for single payer.
The single payer bill in New York is facing renewed discussion as Democrats next month will assume majority control of the state Senate. The measure has been approved multiple times in the state Assembly.
“We have a lot to talk about in 2019 — certainly single-payer will be part of that,” Grause said. “I hope as part of that conversation we talk not just about whether or not to publicly finance healthcare, but to have a deeper and a richer conversation around, ‘What are we actually financing and is it meeting the needs of 19 million New Yorkers?’”