Single Payer & COVID-19 pt. 1

In part one of a series on “Single Payer & COVID-19,” Rachel Madley explains what a single payer healthcare system would look like in New York and how the New York Health Act (NYHA), if passed, could help solve some of the problems caused by COVID-19. Rachel refers to the current NYHA bills, A5248 and S3577. The Assembly Bill has passed for four years and the Senate Bill needs one more co-sponsor.

Rachel Madley’s presentation was part of “COVID-19 Escalates Demands for System Change,” a virtual town hall held by Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro and the Campaign for NY Health. The town hall can be viewed in full at

Rachel is a fourth year biomedical research PhD student at Colombia and a student fellow with the PNHP-NY metro chapter. She has written multiple articles, including in the New York Times, about how Medicare for All would benefit patients, providers, and medical researchers.