During a press conference prior to the first of six public hearings held by the New York Assembly across the state, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee since 1987, was asked by a reporter whether his legislation for universal, public health coverage for all of New York would limit patients’ choice of…

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Chelsea McGuire, a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, couldn’t believe what she was asked to do for her psychiatry clerkship: track down whether desperate patients have a source of income, in order for the hospital to decide whether to treat them or not. Listen to her testimony, and her plea for a…

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Dr. Daniel Root testified before the New York Assembly Health Committee on December 4, 2014 about trying to care for the uninsured and underinsured in a rural county primary care practice. He describes a farmer, whom he has treated since childhood, losing his vision due to lack of access to basic preventive care; and another…

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Lieutenant Gary Pudup, a police officer for 30 years, testified to the New York Assembly Health Committee on December 8, 2014, about his haunting memories of investigating suicides – only to find out that the victims had ended their lives to protect their families from crushing medical expenses. In a just healthcare system, no officer…

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A coalition of the Alachua County NAACP, Central Labor Council of North Central Florida, Gainesville Area National Origination for Women, Graduates Assistants United (GAU), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2779, Physicians for a national Health Plan, United Faculty of Florida, Gainesville Women’s Liberation and the Alachua County Labor Party was formed in January…

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