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165 New Yorkers Testify on proposed New York Health Act. [Audio]

At the national level, the first four Democratic primary debates discussed “Medicare for all” and how to pay for it. That topic lead all the others in total minutes. Meanwhile, New York state’s legislature held 3 open hearings across the state to discuss the proposed New York Health Act single payer health insurance. Totaling 28…

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Healthcare Costs Comparison – Stonybrook vs Paris

At the WRFI Healthcare Desk, we note that one of several widely disputed issues is the true cost of healthcare delivery, both to the individual, and to the country as a whole. In this series, we report on actual healthcare situations that allow the listener to compare costs incurred in the U.S. with the costs…

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New York Health Act – Rochester Hearing on October 10, 2019

New York state senators and assemblypersons convened in Rochester NY on October 10 for a hearing on the proposed New York Health Act Bill – S3577 and A5248. Twenty-Eight individuals and groups were scheduled to provide testimony and answer questions asked by the legislators. Lasting about nine hours, the audience and legislators heard a mix…

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Upcoming NY Healthcare Hearing in Rochester

The Health Committees in both houses of the New York legislature are considering an act to establish a single-payer healthcare insurance system for every resident in New York state. The two committees are hosting a public hearing in Rochester on Thursday, Oct 10. WRFI’s Health Desk reporter, Fred Balfour, interviewed Dr. Susan Soboroff, a retired…

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Tom Reed Complete Press Conference – July 24, 2019 <40 minute audio>

On Wednesday July 24, WRFI News Team member Fred Balfour participated in the morning media conference call with Representative Tom Reed of New York’s 23rd district.  Reed gives regular press conferences via telephone for radio and newspapers in the 23rd district, which includes Watkins Glen and Tompkins County.  Over 40 minutes, Rep. Reed and the…

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