As Senator Bernie Sanders has often said, “”Health care is a human right.” In fact, healthcare is just as important a right as education. Yet, incredibly, no state has a constitutional amendment mandating healthcare for all its citizens. In fact, the United States is one of only two industrialized countries in the world that don’t have universal health care (the other is Mexico).
New York needs a constitutional amendment that provides a single-payer universal health care system for all New Yorkers. “Single-payer” means that the state, rather than private companies, pays all healthcare costs. In addition, there wouldn’t be “tiers of service” based on ability to pay. Everyone would have access to the same healthcare.