by Molly Prince
Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon hasn’t come up with a plan to fund her campaign promise of health care for all, but she made it known on Wednesday that it is not a deciding factor on whether or not to enact the measure.
“Pass it and then figure out how to fund it,” Nixon told The New York Daily News, when asked how to pay for the New York Health Act (NYHA).
The NYHA would institute a statewide universal health care system that could cover all New York state residents, including illegal aliens. While Nixon did not explicitly suggest how to pay for the costly program, she cited a RAND Corporation report that outlined raising various state taxes. A study by the RAND Corporation estimated that tax revenue would need to increase over 150 percent by 2022 in order finance the system.
“After redirection of federal and state health care outlays to New York Health (NYH), the additional state tax revenue needed to finance the program in 2022 would be $139 billion, a 156-percent increase over projected total state tax revenue in the status quo,” according to Rand Corporation.
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum also faced backlash for avoiding explaining how he would fund single-payer health care if elected to governor in November. After a round of questions in CNN’s “State of the Union,” Gillum finally admitted he would need to raise taxes in order for the program to be solvent.
Nixon’s gubernatorial challenger and incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also expressed support for a statewide universal health care system.
Cuomo leads Nixon by more than 30 percent, according to a recent RealClearPolitics poll.
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