The New York State Assembly passed a “single payer healthcare” bill last week, sending the legislation to the state’s Senate for the fourth year in a row and setting the stage for a major showdown with local Republicans.
According to the Washington Times, the Assembly advanced the bill over the weekend but will likely be immediately shot-down by the GOP-controlled New York Senate.
The legislation would permit all New York residents to sign up for government-backed health insurance, which would have no restrictions, co-pays, or caps on healthcare costs across the state.
The legislation is a largely symbolic gesture, aimed at motivating New York’s liberal base as the Democratic Party sets its sights on the 2018 midterm elections.
National candidates -such as Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren- have all pledged to pursue a “Medicare for All” plan should the Democrats retake the Congress this fall.