Public-sector unions in New York are pushing back against legislation that would establish a single-payer health care plan for the state.
The New York Health Act has received pushback from labor leaders who gathered in New York City on Monday to express their concerns, particularly that their 380,000 members would have fewer insurance options, Politico reports.
New York City labor leaders gathered in the Lower Manhattan offices of District Council 37 Monday to relay their concerns about the bill to its sponsors, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, several sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO. The conflict puts unions at odds with an issue popular in the liberal wing of the Democratic party.
The New York Health Act would “provide universal insurance coverage with no copays, deductibles or premiums for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status,” Politico previously reported. The measure would require a 156 percent increase in tax revenue for the state, an increase of $139 billion by 2022. The proposed legislation has passed in the Assembly for the past four years but has stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Labor leaders are concerned the act would remove their collective bargaining power against the city. The Monday meeting to discuss concerns was attended by approximately 150 people, according to attendee Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237. more