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CRITICAL ISSUES

The 14% “windfall” surcharge

This surcharge, included in the Governor's 2018 budget proposal, will cause undue harm to the state’s small business population.

Any type of industry assessment is passed on to consumers and will exacerbate the challenge small businesses face in finding affordable coverage options for their employees. In this case, small businesses, who are just starting to feel the impact of 2018 rate hikes (which averaged between nine and 14 percent) would disproportionately bear the brunt of this assessment. Moreover, these increased costs would provide no tangible healthcare benefits.

We understand the need to raise revenue in light of a budget deficit, but the Governor should focus on reform of state programs before considering new taxes and assessments. Given New York’s designation as the nation’s second costliest state for employer-sponsored coverage we urge the Legislature find another way to offset the state’s budget deficit and commit to making healthcare affordable.

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A single-payer system is NOT the answer

New York can’t afford a single-payer healthcare system, but that does not stop lawmakers from presenting the notion time and time again. Single-payer healthcare is phenomenally expensive.

Vermont rejected single-payer healthcare after financial projections were released showing that program costs, in the first year alone, would nearly double the size of the state’s budget and require large tax increases for residents and businesses. California’s projection of its single payer system would have also doubled the state budget at an estimated $400 billion.

Even conservative estimates supplied to the New York State Assembly acknowledge that creating a single-payer plan in New York would require a tax increase of $92 billion, although other studies place the cost at $225 billion!

One can only question why one of the most heavily taxed states in the nation would consider such a dramatic burden.