As the long fight continues, Ellen Polivy asks your help in passing the New York Health Act

As the long fight continues, Ellen Polivy asks your help in passing the New York Health Act

Battling for the New York Health Act, local activist Ellen Polivy fights the long game, and she’s not about to give up soon. Good healthcare for all is too important.

By David Stone

Roosevelt Island Daily News

What is the New York Health Act?

According to the campaign supporting it:

“The New York Health Act [A.6058/S.5474] will provide comprehensive health care for every New Yorker. You and your healthcare provider of choice will work to keep you healthy—New York Health pays the bill. You will never have to fear going without coverage again—especially in the middle of a deadly pandemic.”

It’s the kind of progressive legislation Democrats support, upstate and down, and now that the party controls both houses in Albany, it should be a no-brainer.

Yet, Polivy tells the Roosevelt Island Daily, passage froze in committees, preventing the bill from coming up for a vote, so far. Political forces aligned with the healthcare industry remain less visible but effective.

Ellen Polivy, last week, collecting signatures in support of the New York Health Act.

A former president of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association, Polivy has worked for passage of the bill for years. She’s circulated petitions at community events and arranged a presentation at the CBN/RI Senior Center.

Now is a critical moment for her and her group, which is rallying a push for getting the bill passed in this session.

A short video about the legislation

Taking action…

“There is a big push in the next 11 days till the end of the session,” she says.

“They are asking people to call State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins to demand that they push the NYH Bill forward to the floor for a vote now.

“Also contact Senator Serrano (518-455-2800) and Assembly Member Seawright (518-455-5676) to ask them to make sure the bill passes this session. The action tool #1 easily allows people to send emails, twitter and make phone calls.”

We made HUGE gains this session, so that we now have a majority of both the Assembly and Senate cosponsoring this legislation. That’s more than any other state in the country in terms of single-payer support on the state level. New Yorkers are leading the way to single-payer healthcare.
Campaign for New York Health

“The last mile is always the hardest,” the Campaign adds. “And as the opposition escalates their misinformation campaign, we must escalate our pressure on lawmakers. We can’t stop, and we won’t stop until we win a healthcare system that puts people first.”

Find out about upcoming events and how you can help right here.

More from the Roosevelt Island Daily News

  • Julie Menin takes the helm of the New York City Council’s Committee on Small Business
    The Roosevelt Island Daily News “I ran for City Council on a platform to help support our struggling small businesses with a detailed plan of action focused on reducing onerous fines, implementing legacy small business legislation, reducing the commercial rent tax and creating a one stop portal for licenses and permits,” Menin said in a
  • Nobody beats the Wiz, but fortunately Roosevelt Island did…
    Nobody beats the Wiz? What’s that got to do with Roosevelt Island? Nothing now, and that’s the good news. Here’s why… by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie Here’s how it looked in 2000 – when RIOC agreed to let Nobody beats the Wiz founder Stephen S. Jemal build
  • Robert K. Hughes, After 35 Years, Ends His Service on Roosevelt Island
    Rob Hughes started work on Roosevelt Island in 1982 as a hospital care investigator at Goldwater Hospital, now the site of Cornell Tech. He leaves as Coler-Goldwater’s executive director after nearly 13 years in the post. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News Hughes service on Roosevelt Island was interrupted in 1997 when he
  • Slow Job Growth Reflects Omicron’s Economic Toll
    Greg David, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Jan 20 at 7:55pm ESTby THE CITY/Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning. Even with the city filled with tourists and office workers coming back to their desks, New York gained only 26,000 jobs in December, a pace that would put
  • Who killed the Tram Plaza Reindeer?
    Property destruction comes in all flavors, but some land in a whole new category of stupid – like what happened to the Tram Plaza Reindeer… by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News More from the Roosevelt Island Daily davidstone1313 See author's posts
Share

Written by:

812 Posts

View All Posts
Follow Me :

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: