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View Diary: NYC Mayor: Anthony Weiner (D) Proposes Single-Payer Health Plan Modeled After Medicare (46 comments)

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  •  Not for nothing but... (1+ / 0-)
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    dosen't health care fall under state regulation?

    What I mean to say is, could this be a load of hustings hogwash?

    •  He'd need permission from the state (1+ / 0-)
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      Eddie C

      legislature, which thanks to Andrew Cuomo has the Senate still controlled by Republicans. And he'd need consent of the City Council which is going to have a huge turnover this fall as the result of term limits, so who knows what would happen. The costs of administering such a program would be huge and would likely require a substantial property tax increase. Now, NYC property taxes are actually pretty low, but that isn't the best way to pay for a health insurance plan!

      •  He might just need the permission of places like.. (1+ / 0-)
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        NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

        I can just see Anthony Weiner speaking truth to power now. Can anyone who has ever witnessed Democratic politics and how they always seem to forget almost every populist promise they made around half way through election day really take this seriously?

        The reason he is short on details is because this is typical pandering without any sort of conviction. No matter the outcome, he will never need any details. The state won't let him, the Feds wouldn't let him neither and the largest, most powerful hospitals in the nation are probably getting a good laugh over Weiner's bullshit.

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          Eddie C

          Those hospitals -- and a lot of others -- would refuse to participate in such a program unless they got a good deal.  Weiner would not be in a position to refuse them, because if the hospitals got excluded they'd be laying off massive numbers of employees.

          In addition, there are the approximately 20 public hospitals. Weiner could force them to participate -- but then they'd have to get increased subsidies, meaning another tax increase.

          Weiner is very smart. He knows how to dupe progressives.

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