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Weiner proposes single-payer health plan for New York

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According to the New York Daily News, NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner's health care plan would extend coverage even beyond what Obamacare hopes to:

Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner rolled out a sweeping health care reform plan Thursday, proposing that the city act as a “single-payer laboratory” to bring down costs.

Weiner also proposed that city workers begin paying at least 10% of their health insurance premiums.

While in Congress, Weiner became one of the leading advocates of national single-payer health care -- having the government pay for all health care, largely cutting out the role of insurance companies.

In a major policy speech on Thursday, he proposed such a system for the city.

“For too long we have chosen passive over active when it comes to health care in New York,” he told a receptive audience at The Common Good, a non-partisan reform group that advocates “new ideas to restore common sense” to government.

Weiner said his single-payer plan would be modeled after Medicare.

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