Eleven states, including New York, have attempted to enact or implement single-payer healthcare plans since 1986, with the most recent California in 2019 and New York this year, 2021. All failed for the very same reason – fear. I’ll explain below.   I’ll also examine the barriers that tripped us up here in New York, from the systemic to the specific , and propose changes in strategy and tactics that might move us forward.   For the uninitiated, single payer health care is universal – every person gets it. It is comprehensive – primary to specialized care, emergency to long-term; plus pharmaceutical; dental & ocular.  It’s a right. And...

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