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New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans Critical of Assembly Action on New York Health Act

For Immediate Release:
June 14, 2018

Josh Poupore
[email protected]

Warns of the Realities of New Taxes, Job Losses and Government Run Healthcare

The New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans (NYSCOP) today said the New York State Assembly’s approval of the New York Health Act (A.4738-A) will lead to new taxes, job losses and government run healthcare in New York.

“Under this ill-conceived plan, even the sponsor admits New York’s taxes are estimated to grow by at least $91 billion. New Yorkers cannot afford to see their taxes nearly double and the economy absorb the loss of 150,000 jobs under a single-payer modeled health plan,” said Josh Poupore, of NYSCOP.

NYSCOP is a member of the newly announced group of business organizations, healthcare providers, health plans, and labor unions representing thousands of individuals and businesses brokers that are coordinating efforts to raise raising awareness about the impact of legislation creating a single payer healthcare system.

“While we are supportive of efforts designed to attain universal healthcare for all New Yorkers, single payer legislation ignores the realities of the way the healthcare system functions and what drives costs,” Poupore, continued. “Since 95 percent of New Yorkers already have healthcare coverage, there is no reason to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to create a complicated, new government-run healthcare program. New Yorkers don’t want their healthcare to be subject to whims of unaccountable Albany politicians.”

NYSCOP pledged to continue speaking out to underscore the realities of single payer healthcare.


The New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans (NYSCOP) is a partnership of New York Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, including Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Univera, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus. These health insurance plans offer comprehensive health coverage across the State. Combined, these plans provide health insurance coverage to nearly six million enrollees – almost one third of all New Yorkers. To learn more about NYSCOP visit:

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