It is not the first time that a single payer health care system has been considered by New York State. There were bills presented 2015 and 2016. They were able to pass the House but not the Senate where Republicans maintain control. This year, however, given the outcry regarding the repeal of Obamacare and the general public’s accompanying awareness of the fragility of their situation, the vote in the Senate is up for grabs.
According to ThinkProgress, the bill has more support in the Senate than it did in years past. The vote will be held today. If it passes New York would be the first state in the Union to have a single-payer health care system.