From the Morning Memo:

A poll to be released Monday backed by The Business Council found New Yorkers are leery of the creation of a single-payer universal health care system.

The poll, conducted by Mercury, found 54 percent of New Yorkers oppose the creation of a single-payer health insurance plan, with 33 percent who support it.

At the same time, 53 percent of New Yorkers polled reported being satisfied with the current health care system, compared with 41 percent who are not, the poll found.

A single-payer bill for now remains bottled up in the narrowly divided state Senate, where Democrats are pushing to gain control this November. In the Democratic-led Assembly, the single-payer push has been supported by longtime Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried.

A bill memo in support of the measure envisions the plan would be paid for with revenue actions proposed by the governor, plus federal aid,

“Numerous analyses document that a single-payer system would be most effective for reducing and controlling costs, for taxpayers, employers and individuals,” the bill memo states.

But the poll by the Business Council found concerns among New Yorkers the program would be too costly. Sixty-six percent reported that the tax burden would be too high, while 64 percent would be concerned with “Albany politicians in charge” and 60 percent would be worried about keeping their own doctor — a concern raised during the debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Still, the poll found 68 percent of New Yorkers would be supportive of expanding health care access for Medicare and Medicaid managed care and 63 percent would support expanded subsidies for middle-income families. Another 63 percent would also support changing insurance rules that would spur younger and healthier people to purchase coverage.

The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted from May 8 through May 11 and has a 4 percentage point margin of error.

Mercury Single Payer Memo by Nick Reisman on Scribd