(Released April 1, 2003) On December 17, 1999 Governor Pataki announced agreement on “an historic health care initiative.” The Governor said: “This historic legislation will mean a healthier New York, providing the most comprehensive health care plan in the nation for those who need it most. Up to a million New Yorkers, many who work hard to provide a better life for their families, will now get the health insurance they need and deserve.”
The Governor’s press release explained that money to cover the uninsured, and for anti-smoking efforts would be raised by “a 55-cent additional tax on cigarettes.”

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