Hearing Set to Socialize NY Health Coverage

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -

The state Assembly on Monday held the second of six statewide public hearings on legislation to establish New York Health, a single-payer health coverage plan to replace insurance company coverage.

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried took testimony on the bill to provide comprehensive, universal health coverage for every New Yorker. Critics have called it socialized medicine since the government would be the direct provider, leading to bureaucracy and rationed care.

The committee also will review a proposal to fund New York Health through taxes and the elimination of the local share of Medicaid.