UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR NYC
It’s in the government’s best interest to introduce an affordable system that takes care of all residents, regardless of health, citizenship, immigration, or employment status.
Everyone gets sick. But many people all across the country, including here in New York, face an incredible dilemma when they or their loved ones need medical attention. It is a disgrace that 62% of bankruptcies are caused by medical debt. I believe that no one should have to choose between rent, food, and healthcare as some New Yorkers are forced to do. It’s in the government’s best interest to introduce an affordable system that takes care of all residents, regardless of health, citizenship, immigration, or employment status. It’s in the government’s best interest to keep people out of crippling debt due to necessary expenses.
As your City Councilman, I will introduce legislation that establishes an affordable health care system modeled after Healthy San Francisco. Our system will rely predominantly on taxing medium to large businesses but also on participants paying varied amounts into the system based on salary. In San Francisco, businesses with 100 or more employees pay $2.64/hour per covered employee on health care, while businesses with 20-99 employees pay $1.76/hour per worker.
Of course, New York and San Francisco are very different. For one, the population of NYC is nearly 10 times larger. That, combined with the Wall Street-type corporations that are headquartered here mean that the tax that works in San Francisco is not likely to work here. If elected, I will sit down with policy and economics experts to come up with a plan that prioritizes the health of NYC residents, while also establishing a fair set of tax rates for the different types of businesses in the city.
It’s more expensive when uninsured people wait until their medical problems become so great that they need to use emergency care. A universal health care plan will save taxpayers a lot of money in the long run since otherwise uninsured New Yorkers will no longer rely on hospitals’ emergency rooms, which forces taxpayers or private hospitals to pick up the tab for extremely expensive medical care. Let’s follow in the footsteps of nearly every other developed country and take care of our all our neighbors in a way that’s practical and saves money. Let’s put an end to choosing between debt and death.