ALBANY, N.Y. – The Assembly Health Committee held its final public hearing on Tuesday about the “New York Health Bill” that will create a universal “single payer” health coverage plan in New York State.
Tuesday morning, Republicans in the Democratic-controlled assembly seized of that momentum.
“Stop with the political games,” Kolb said. “Stop with the nonsense and let’s take up the bills that were passed by the Senate yesterday.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, however, wants it to be taken up as an omnibus bill that would include all ten points of the agenda.
“A woman’s right to control her body is still the number one issue among women in this state; in this country,” he said.
Silver and other democrats said the abortion plank would codify Roe v. Wade. Senate republicans have argued it would lead to an expansion of abortion.
Last session, there weren’t enough votes in the senate to get the abortion plank passed but there are currently more republicans in the Senate.
“I get the big bucks to determine what happens in the assembly,” Silver said. “I can’t read the tea leaves in the Senate.”
The eight measures will be sent to the assembly for approval, though assembly democrats said there’s no rush to get it done, and they could wait until after the budget to take it up.