NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

"We have now, in New York City, something that we can build on".

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New York City will guarantee health care to all New Yorkers. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".

"Under NYC Care, 600,000 New Yorkers, including our undocumented brothers and sisters, will have access to healthcare", declared Winnie Wong, founder of the advocacy group People for Bernie.

After his appearance on the program, his office clarified that the program won't technically be health insurance.

That will include undocumented people, regardless of immigration status, de Blasio said.

In making the announcement on national television, Mr.de Blasio appeared to be trying to heighten that contrast and thrust his efforts on behalf of undocumented New Yorkers into the national debate over immigration, hours before Mr. Trump was to go on television Tuesday night to make his case for a border wall.

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.

The unprecedented city government plan is not considered "health insurance", but rather a city payment for direct comprehensive care, and Politico estimated the cost to be around $100 million. "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said.

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"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement.

"There's a smoothing that occurs when you take a group of people who are getting very expensive care much later than they should, and that is a huge burden on the healthcare system", he explained. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".

NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021. New Yorkers can access the program via the city's website or by calling 311.

'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. "Then we're working out the finances".

The state's similarly liberal governor, Andrew Cuomo, previously spoke about health-care-for-all prior to being elected to a third term a year ago. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care.

Not everyone is a huge fan. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can".

Not only will NY be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants.

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