Rally held for New York Health Act

Created: October 10, 2019 08:47 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — People came out to show support for universal healthcare in New York.

Advocates representing state providers, nurses, patients, businesses, and caregivers rallied on Thursday in front of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

The rally came after the public hearing on the New York Health Act. The act would provide complete health coverage without deductibles, co-pays, restricted provider networks, or out-of-network charges.

Some people at the rally warned of the cost of such a system.

"It requires $250 billion a year in new taxes on New York families and employers," said executive director of Unshackle Upstate Michael Kracker. "It's going to eliminate 150,000 jobs in the state of New York, about 4,000 health care [jobs] in Rochester immediately upon its passage."

Other hearings are set to be scheduled in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

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