Carey Woerner: One of Handful of Democrats In The New York State Assembly To Vote Against Single Payer

On May 16th the New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly for a single payer health care plan for our state.  According to the website Spotlight News, the vote was 87 to 38.  Ms. Woerner was one of a handful of Democrats in the Assembly to vote no.

Here is an excerpt from the article on the Spotlight News website about the Health Act that Woerner voted against:

The New York Health Act would establish a universal health care system within the state, known as New York Health, and expand coverage eligibility to include all residents, regardless of wealth, income, age or pre-existing condition. In addition, every enrollee would have access to the full range of doctors and service providers offered. The plan would provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, primary and preventive care, maternity care, prescription drug costs, laboratory testing, rehabilitative care and dental, vision and hearing care.


7 thoughts on “Carey Woerner: One of Handful of Democrats In The New York State Assembly To Vote Against Single Payer”

  1. From what I understand, she supports single payer, but has voted against it in the past because she found the plans “unviable”. I’m not sure what she objected to in this current bill; I haven’t seen any statements from her.

    Here’s what her opponent said about her last November:

    “Carrie Woerner who makes the claim of being bi partisan, didn’t mind being partisan while supporting Hillary Clinton as one of her delegates and voting no on each and every Assembly Republican ethics proposals and eventually voting with NYC Democrats on their watered down version!
    Woerner also supports a single payer health system and many more NYC left leaning and costly policies. She just doesn’t support our upstate values and she doesn’t deserve your support!”

    Off topic, but I was walking my dog on Elm Street today and saw a BIG tractor trailer (more giant than the usual ones) come riding down Elm and turn on Washington Street. Of course the truck was too big to make the turn and almost knocked down a telephone pole. It took him a few tries, backing in and out of Washington, before he finally rode up the curb and over several houses’ lawns.

    Why are these massive trucks allowed on our small side streets? Even my dog stared in disbelief.


  2. ….Really she should not claim to be a voice of the people. Carey Woerner bought and paid for by the health insurance industry. She has turned her back on the people in her district.


  3. I find Carey’s opposition to the NY Single Payer bill very unfortunate and inconsistent with her usually progressive positions. That we should acquiesce to the Republican version of “health care” is unimaginable. Single Payer, financed through progressive taxes rather than through various insurance companies, is recognized globally as the gold standard of healthcare. The crazy quilt, patchwork of healthcare financing that Americans suffer is a disgrace. Come on Carey – the bill has been approved without your vote, but you are not representing your constituents with your negative vote.


  4. Regarding Will and the tractor trailer:
    I also saw the same thing, on Jumel Place, the other day. We have these massive construction projects all over the city. Division St. (old Ellsworth lot), John Witt on Jumel, Hotel on So. Broadway, Sonny on Union Ave., to name a few…..and there are more, here and there around town. Delivery of construction materials, and huge digging equipment, is difficult for the drivers. And pickup trucks by the hundreds, parking helter-skelter, one worker per truck.


    1. Yes, this is a growing problem. Last fall I emailed the Public Safety Commissioner about FedEx using 18 wheel tractor trailers to make stop-and-go deliveries down Beekman St. There is no way to go around this size of a truck (Beekman is a one-way street for a reason), so traffic backed up. I looked at the contents of the trailer and everything in it could easily fit into the typical FedEx truck, so no special need for this size trailer. Given the old storm and water infrastructure, aren’t we going to prematurely incur taxpayer expense to repair these roads due to unplanned (and unnecessary) over-sized vehicles? These companies are avoiding the overhead cost of off-loading materials to more appropriate vehicles, thus transferring the cost to us taxpayers.

      The neighborhoods south of Union Ave are also taking the brunt of construction equipment and material deliveries, a’ la Bonacio,
      Teakwood, et. al. In addition, their contractors arrive and park in front of residence’s driveways and have to repeatedly be told to move so the owner can exit her/his property. They also park on the wrong side of the road and claim they’re going to “leave in just a minute” with no intention of doing so. They offer a canned apology and expect that suffices. If these Builder’s had any respect for the impact to surrounding residents they would transport the workers to the site and otherwise police their parking abuses.

      P.s. The Commissioner’s response to the FedEx complaint was “I’ll pass your comment to the Police Department”. Of course I never heard another thing about this.


      1. I was walking my dog this morning and saw the phone pole being repaired. Apparently the tractor trailer got a bit too close to it.


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