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9/25/2018

Opioid Crisis and Our Healthcare

The RAND Institute has done extensive research and determined that single-payer health care is viable in New York state. In fact, by 2031 it could save all of us $15 Billion dollars annually over the current system.

I believe health care is a right. I support a single-payer system. There are many reasons why I hold these beliefs, but there is one major reason. Opioid addiction is a major problem across our country and yes, even here in district 135. In June 2018, there were 11 overdoses and 4 of those were fatal. This is unacceptable. We need to change how readily available opioids are and address the need for high-quality addiction recovery programs. We need to stop treating drug use as a criminal behavior and began focusing on treatment. If we are to enact a single payer system, it must include addiction recovery and decriminalization of drugs so people can seek help and not worry about whether they can afford it or not. The RAND Institute has done extensive research and determined that single-payer health care is viable in New York state. In fact, by 2031 it could save all of us $15 Billion dollars over the current system. Plus, under single-payer, an increase in health services spending and a decrease in administrative costs would mean each of us would receive high-quality health care because money can go to patient coverage rather than shareholder profits. A family of four with income of $250,000 will pay the same as they do now for coverage or possibly less under the new system. A family of four with an income of $105,000 would see a savings of $1500/persons each year. Yes, taxes would increase but don’t fall for this argument as your insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-pays would be gone. No person should go bankrupt for medical reasons.

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