Thousands of people die every year in New York State and the
United States for lack of proper health insurance. The health care system of the United States is often a death sentence for the poor.
At Metro Justice, we say that Health Care is a Human Right! We intend to fight for it.
Luckily, there are plenty of models for what a health care system that makes health care a human right looks like. Every industrial nation in the world, other than the United States uses another model.
The Metro Justice Health Care is a Human Right Campaign demands the passage of New York Health, a Single-Payer Health Care bill for New York State.
What is Single-Payer Health Care?
At its most basic, Single-Payer Health Care is a system where the government provides for everyone’s health care costs. Everyone is included in the health care plan from birth to death, regardless of their current health, regardless of ability to pay, regardless of their employment or lack thereof. It is the necessary system to ensure that Health Care is a Human Right.
Assemblymember Gottfried convinced lawmakers four years ago to fund a study of the most cost-effective way to provide health care to all New Yorkers. The answer was single payer, which would reduce overall health care expenditures in New York by $20 billion annually by 2019. The state study said that single payer would be $28 billion cheaper annually by 2019 than the insurance mandate enacted by Congress. In addition to saving money, single payer was the only plan that guaranteed that everyone would have access to health care services.