It’s Wednesday. We’re keeping our eyes on Albany today, where it looks increasingly possible that same-sex marriage will pass. Here’s a glance at today’s editorial
Health-insurance exchanges: Editorial
We cheer the advent of a state health-insurance exchange, a marketplace where uninsured individuals and small businesses can shop for health plans. We encourage our leaders in Albany to strengthen an oversight board that would monitor the exchange by ensuring its members serve without conflict. We write:
The exchange — mandated by the 2010 federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — will benefit uninsured New Yorkers. Getting key legislation passed now also gives the state a competitive edge for millions in federal grant funding. It’s critical, though, that New York create an exchange that simultaneously protects consumers and honors the public’s ever-increasing expectation of transparency. Legislation must ensure oversight-board members — who determine the rules of the exchange — serve without conflicts.
The legislation puts control of the health exchange in the hands of a public benefit corporation. Such public authorities aren’t inherently bad — these quasi-governmental entities can be more flexible than traditional government. But because of that flexibility , public authorities are also ripe for patronage and conflicts of interest, even after 2010 reforms that tackled those very issues.
The bar must be higher for board members who will determine uninsured New Yorkers’ quality of health care and quality of life.
Here’s a look at what our colleagues are saying:
Time to vote for gay marriage: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Much still to accomplish: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Laws we’d like to see: Editorial, Syracuse Post-Standard
The moment has arrived for gay marriage: Editorial, Daily News
Let senate vote on gay marriage: Editorial, Newsday
Weiner should resign: Editorial, Utica Observer-Dispatch