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New York state legislators were in Rochester on Thursday to hear testimony for and against a bill that would create a universal single-payer health care system in the state.

Medicare is celebrating a birthday, and on the national stage, it’s being touted by Democrats as the model for a new healthcare system. Many Democratic presidential contenders call it Medicare for All; is that a fair description?

We examine the proposals and discuss what Medicare for All would entail, if put into practice. Our guests:

Members of the New York State Assembly join us to discuss what did – and did not – get done in the recent legislative session. We talk about jobs, marijuana, health care, climate, the Rochester City School District, and more.

Our guests are Assemblymember Harry Bronson and Assemblymember Mark Johns.

Karen DeWitt/WXXI News

The New York State Legislature held a daylong hearing Tuesday on a proposal to enact single-payer health care in New York.

A packed room listened as supporters and opponents debated whether it’s the answer to the state’s health care gaps.