Medicare for All

Universal health insurance is answer to improving NY’s business climate

syracuse.com By Howie Hawkins January 18, 2018 Your Jan. 14 editorial (“CNY economy needs workforce training“) cites a CenterState CEO survey of business leaders who said rising employee benefit costs were “the No. 1 pressure point for their businesses in 2017.” But your response seems to be call for state tax and spending cuts. That seems implied by your comment that the “state’s tax climate also matters” and adding that the state faces a $4 billion deficit, plus additional lost revenue from federal changes to health care and tax policy, which is estimated to be over $2 billion. I would…


U.S. budget priorities and healthcare

Bay View September 24, 2017 by Barry Hermanson My column last month reported on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to support HR 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The vote was 344 Yes and 81 No. Seventy-nine percent of our elected representatives in the House voted for “nearly $30 billion more for core Pentagon operations than President Trump requested,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2017. Not to be outdone, on Sept. 18, 89 percent of the U.S. Senate approved HR 2810. The vote: 89 Yes and 8 No. Following is…