State’s universal health care bill stalls again, despite majority support

Majority support among lawmakers was not enough to push the New York Health Act, under which the state would pay for health care, past the finish line before the legislative session concluded Thursday night.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan in 1992, has passed the Assembly every year since 2015. This session, though, it never even made it to the Assembly floor for discussion.

Gottfried has pointed to the resistance of public-sector unions such as the United Federation of Teachers as one reason for it stalling again.

This year marked the first time a majority in both the Senate and the Assembly signed on

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