Jon Cohen, M.D., chief medical officer of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, made healthcare a key issue in his recently announced candidacy for the lieutenant governor's job, which opens up in 2006.
Cohen, a Nassau County resident and lifelong New Yorker who also is a professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, said he decided to enter the race because "the healthcare system is dysfunctional. This crisis of quality, cost and access is impacting every low- and middle-class family, every small business, every large business, every hospital, every local county and just about every person who becomes ill and attempts to navigate through the system. It is the social problem of our generation and it is time to fix it."
Cohen, who describes himself as an expert on local, state and national health policy, was a healthcare advisor in 2002 for Carl McCall's failed gubernatorial bid and John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He will join at least two other active Democratic candidates running for the lieutenant governor's post now held by Republican Mary Donohue.