Last Monday, Gov. Cuomo expressed his support for a federally-run, single-payer health care system. The Governor, appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” called it “a good idea” when asked about it by the host. He also said that he would sign a state single-payer health care bill, so long as it “was not incongruous with what the federal government would do to us.”

The issue of single-payer health care is expected to be an issue in the 2020 presidential race. A number of potential Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Corey Booker of  New Jersey; and Kamala Harris of California have come out in support of legislation to create a single-payer health care system.

The Governor’s comments – while not a full-throated endorsement – are troubling. He failed to acknowledge that what he is expressing support for is a new multi-billion dollar, government-run single payer system paid for by the state’s taxpayers. Upstate New Yorkers, who already pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, should not be subjected to billions of dollars more in new taxes.