Questioning the New York Health Act

The Story

Advocates claim that the New York Health Act (NYHA) would eliminate bloated bureaucracy and bring costs down. But the track records of NYCHA and the MTA don’t inspire much faith in the cost-effectiveness of government-run agencies. New Yorkers are frustrated with the high cost of health care and the lack of price transparency, but what specific reforms would improve the system without creating a new government bureaucracy?

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Closure: If NYHA were implemented, 4 in 10 New York hospitals could face revenue losses of 15% or more, putting them at risk of service cutbacks or closure. Read more.

  2. Jobs: A single-payer system would likely have an adverse effect on the livelihoods of 1.2 million health workers in New York. Read more.

  3. Myth: Contrary to the popular narrative, private plans reduce costs by about 10%, allowing them to provide over $1,000 in extra health-care coverage to each Medicare enrollee every year, nationwide. Read more.

“The question is do we improve on the health care system by empowering consumers, or do we basically just say this is the government plan, deal with it.”

Chris Pope, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

No Bernie, Single-Payer Is No Panacea By Charles Hughes (November 16, 2017)

“The American health care system has much room for improvement, but single-payer would be far from a panacea and would exacerbate many of the current problems.”

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