State Senator O'Mara said “The New York Health Act" (NYHA aka single payer) "would swamp the state budget – we can't afford the taxes necessary to pay the annual 91Billion dollar price tag”. State Senator Seward said his “primary concern is the cost” and the “additional taxes displacing critical services.”

Had they carefully read the bill and its economic analysis they would find that property taxes could drop significantly due to the elimination of the Medicaid mandate on counties and their health insurance expense. The cost for county and school district health insurance, paid for by our property taxes, could lower our property taxes substantially. In Tompkins County the savings from Medicaid mandate and county employee benefits alone is estimated at $22 Million.

Instead of health insurance only for those New Yorkers who can afford to pay for the increasingly expensive health care insurance policies, all New Yorkers would have quality health care, financed by a graduated progressive payroll tax and a tax on non-payroll income. The additional tax for 98 percent of New Yorkers would be less than they now pay in premiums and there would be no copays or deductibles. Call your senators and ask them to support the NYHA.

Judy Jones, member

Finger Lakes for NYHA

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Timothy Terpening

Regarding your suggestion that we can have a better or more affordable health care system if only we could have no co-pays or deductibles and impose a higher income tax on 2% of taxpayers to pay for it… It only shows that you either don’t understand the problem or you have chosen to ignore the problem because you know your suggestion will be more popular than actually doing something to fix it.

What do you suppose would happen to the cost of tires if 100% of tire buyers do not need to ask the price?

The only problem with my analogy is that in health care this has already happened. The not needing to ask started in the early 60s and has progressed to the point where it is a very high percentage of health care shoppers who do not ask. It’s so bad that many or most health care providers could not answer if you did ask.

There has been a lot of talk about affordable housing recently. They tell us the reason for high prices in housing and rentals is due to a shortage. So what is the answer to control this and make housing more affordable according to…you? Of course, it’s to put the marketplace to work, create more housing, build more apartments, and wa-la we’ll have…more competition and thus...more affordable housing.

So why do we change the rules for health care? Why is it that with health care everyone seems to want to do the exact opposite of what is needed in order to have more affordable health care?