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Single Payer News: December 2, 2018 – December 8, 2018


Politico (Excerpt) SINGLE PAYER — Long-term care will be included when the New York Health Act is reintroduced, Assembly Health Chairman Richard Gottfried said. The addition of long-term home care and nursing home care would add another $20 billion or so to the price tag. “[I]t means no New York family will have to wipe out lifetime savings, and no family member will have to give up a career, to provide long-term care for a loved one,” he testified.

— Gottfried also said the Legislature would not override a veto from Gov. Andrew Cuomo if the New York Health Act is sent to his desk and rejected. “We almost never do that, even if we had the votes to do that,” he said. “But I don’t think we’re going to need to go there.” Incoming Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said similar things last month.

— Former health commissioner Mary Bassett returned to City Hall to testify at the hearing. Bassett currently works at the Harvard School of Public Health after stepping down following a four-year stint in the de Blasio administration. NOTE: Accessing full content of this item requires a subscription to the Politico Pro Newsletter at

At hearing, City Council gives warm reception to single-payer Crain’s Health Pulse News Dec. 7, 2018

BlueCross BlueShield CEO Anderson: Revenue has grown at a steady rate Buffalo Biz First News Dec. 7, 2018

Single-payer gets even more costly Empire Center Blog Dec. 7, 2018

‘A freshman, but not a rookie’: Donna Shalala starts her new career ‘in Congress Miami Herald News Dec. 7, 2018

Bernie Sanders Explains to Colbert Why Trump Is No George H.W. Bush Daily Beast News Dec. 7, 2018

‘It’s funny cuz it’s true’: Donald Trump Jr. trolls Ocasio-Cortez with meme implying socialists eat dogs Washington Post News Dec. 7, 2018

An ‘unprecedented’ number of Democrats in Congress want to be president Washington Post News Dec. 7, 2018


State of Politics (Extras) The growing Realities of Single Payer coalition, which includes employers, unions, taxpayers and provider; issued a statement today took urging the NYC City Council to “Do No harm” outlining three big concerns regarding the impact of the NY Health Act – higher taxes, less access to care, and lose your current plan.

HHS defends key drug pricing proposal Politico News Dec. 6, 2018

Dems Call for Health Care for All Texans Austin Chronicle News Dec. 6, 2018

Perspective | Health care is not free The Lane Report Opinion (Pat Breibert) Dec. 6, 2018 NOTE: Freibert is a former Kentucky state representative.

City Council backs Albany bill to create ‘Medicare for all’ NY Post News Dec. 6, 2018

Nancy Pelosi’s incredible comeback The Hill News Dec. 6, 2018

Doctor, former insurance exec and think-tank rep join talk show, debate future of U.S. health care St. Louis Public Radio News Dec. 6, 2018

Health Care Spending Was Nearly Flat Last Year Mother Jones News Dec. 6, 2018


Labor divided over Albany’s ambitious single-payer health care bill Politico NY News Dec. 5, 2018

California Democrats ready new assault on Donald Trump Politico News Dec. 5, 2018

Healthcare Association of NY Lays Out Single Payer Complications State of Politics News Dec. 5, 2018

What you don’t know about Medicare for All can hurt you The Post & Courier Opinion (Sally Pipes) Dec. 5, 2018

The poster-child for the Democratic Party Standard Democrat Opinion (Michael Jensen) Dec. 5, 2018 NOTE: Jensen is the publisher of the Standard Democrat in Sikeston, Missouri.

Medicare for all? Rep. Frank Pallone says the votes aren’t there Asbury Park Press News Dec. 5, 2018

Why this progressive Texan can’t get excited about Beto O’Rourke Washington Post Column (Elizabeth Bruenig) Dec. 5, 2018

Laying the Foundation for a Constructive Discussion of Healthcare in 2019 Rockefeller Institute Blog Dec. 5, 2018

Red Jahncke: A GOP strategy for 2020 Times Union Opinion (Red Jahncke) Dec. 5, 2018 NOTE: Jahncke is president of Townsend Group Intl, LLC – a Greenwich-based consulting firm.

Hope for a Radical Middle Jewish Journal News Dec. 5, 2018

For Ayanna Pressley, ‘Destroyer Of Glass Ceilings’, D.C. Is Just Another ‘Gentle Battle’ WBUR News Dec. 5, 2018

Key Democrats Are Selling Medicare Buy-in Over Medicare for All Bloomberg Government Blog Dec. 5, 2018

‘Medicare for All’ Skeptic Richard Neal Can Block Progressive Health Care Bills From His New Committee Perch Sludge News Dec. 5, 2018


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $21 trillion mistake Washington Post News Dec. 4, 2018

California Democrats plan to extend Medicaid to illegal immigrants Washington Examiner News Dec. 4, 2018

Investigations Won’t Defeat Trumpism. Strengthening Democracy Will. Politico Opinion (Rob Goodman) Dec. 4, 2018 NOTE: Rob Goodman is a political theorist at McGill University and a former congressional speechwriter.

The Trump Administration Let Florida Make It Harder to Pay for Health Care Palm Beach New Times News Dec. 4, 2018

Fact-checkers bust Ocasio-Cortez for false claim about Pentagon spending NY Post News Dec. 4, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she paid twice as much for insurance as a waitress as she will in Congress CNBC News Dec. 4, 2018

Progressive Lawmakers Hold Health Care Rally Outside Centrist Harvard Conference Huffington Post News Dec. 4, 2018

From Bernie to Beto, a progressive era begins The Hill Opinion (Brent Budowsky) Dec. 4, 2018 NOTE: Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives.

Will the Congressional Progressive Caucus become the Freedom Caucus of the left? MinnPost News Dec. 4, 2018


Politico (Excerpt) SINGLE PAYER — New York City unions are gearing up to fight legislation that would establish New York State as the health insurance provider for all residents, worried the sweeping bill would curtail their benefits and negotiating power. … Why it matters: These unions’ members are potentially getting a better deal than they would under the current legislation. The sponsors say they’re addressing the issue, but it illustrates one of the pressure points that will crop up now that Democrats have the votes to potentially pass such a bill and it becomes a live ball. NOTE: Accessing full content of this item requires a subscription to the Politico Pro Newsletter at

It’s not hard to figure out Cuomo’s gameplan for 2020 NYP Column (Bob McManus) Dec. 3, 2018

Must single-payer health care come with higher taxes? WBFO News Dec. 3, 2018

Editorial: Challenges mount for new legislators Times Herald-Record Editorial Dec. 3, 2018

Exciting Time for Single-payer Healthcare Advocates The Westchester Examiner Opinion (Madeline Zevon) Dec. 3, 2018 NOTE: Zevon is Health Care Chair of the League of Women Voters of Westchester and Co-Chair of the New York State League of Women Voters.

Democrats have a mega-majority in the California Legislature. Expect them to swing for the fences LA Times News Dec. 3, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggests ‘Medicare for all’ be paid for by Pentagon waste Washington Examiner News Dec. 3, 2018

The $21 trillion Pentagon accounting error that can’t pay for Medicare-for-all, explained Vox News Dec. 3, 2018

Medicare for All is a double-edged sword for Democrats Axios News Dec. 3, 2018


Richard Brodsky: What kind of leadership do we want in the state Senate? Times Union Opinion (Richard Brodsky) Dec. 2, 2018 NOTE: Brodsky is a former state Assembly member.

Look who is getting protected from single-payer health insurance NYP Editorial Dec. 2, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez says ‘death panels’ exist in private health insurance market The Hill News Dec. 2, 2018

Liz Cheney pledges to battle ‘socialist set of agendas’ in Democratic-controlled House Washington Examiner News Dec. 2, 2018