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Spitzer Sets a Universal Health Agenda for NYS

Spitzer Sets a Universal Health Agenda for NYS

July 12, 2007

From yesterday's NYTimes, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is directing key folks in his Adminstration to start work on a universal health coverage plan for New York State:

Mr. Spitzer has directed the health commissioner and the insurance superintendent to draw up a plan by next summer for providing universal coverage, the governor and top officials said on Tuesday in interviews, though they cautioned that it would take several years to carry out. Mr. Spitzer is aiming to reduce the roughly 2.8 million uninsured residents by half in his four-year term, following up on a campaign pledge, and eventually to provide coverage to all residents. The administration wants to avoid some of the problems that have plagued similar attempts in Massachusetts and a number of other states that are expanding health coverage.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's plan is falling on hard times. Here's hoping that NYS has a more productive path.