AlbanyCare and property taxes by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

The latest too-good-to-be-true argument for single-payer comes from Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, who claims that a government-funded statewide health plan would dramatically reduce property taxes. In reality, the savings for local taxpayers, if any, would likely be a fraction of what Shahinfar estimates. And they would come at the cost of the largest increase in state taxes that New York has ever seen, not to mention wholesale disruption of the entire health-care system.

‘Age tax’ misfire by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Claims about an "age tax" in the House GOP's health care overhaul are particularly misleading in the context of New York's insurance market.

RAND’s iffy single-payer estimates by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

For New Yorkers wondering whether a statewide single-payer plan would be feasible and affordable, the RAND Corporation’s just-published report provides only partial answers.

Getting sober about single-payer by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

As the state awaits the RAND Corp.’s analysis of a proposed single-payer health plan for New York, the organization’s study of a similar plan in Oregon offers a potentially instructive preview.

A quiet shift on Fidelis proceeds by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

As the state prepares to collect $2 billion in proceeds from the sale of Fidelis Care, the Cuomo administration has quietly revised its statement on how it will use the money, shifting to an emphasis on service for the needy rather than support for providers.