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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S New York City launches $100 million universal health insurance program
Johnnie Parks | 09 January, 2019, 04:19

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"Health care is a human right".

'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. But in 2009, Alan Aviles, then the city's hospitals chief, spoke of "hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds that cover the costs of serving uninsured patients including undocumented immigrants".

The recently re-elected Democratic mayor of the country's largest city announced on MSNBC Tuesday the government will pay for any and all resident's comprehensive care, including those who aren't eligible to receive comprehensive Medicaid coverage.

City Hall said the Affordable Care Act gave eight million New Yorkers health insurance, but 600,000 New Yorkers still remain without insurance because they either, do not, or can not enroll.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

New Yorkers will soon have access to comprehensive healthcare, available to everyone, regardless of their income and/or immigration status, through a newly announced program called NYC Care.

De Blasio makes it sound as though illegal immigrants have not been able to get health care until now.

It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented.

"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill. De Blasio aides told the NY Times that the NYC Care initiative is simply "something the city could do immediately and on its own".

De Blasio said it will be paid for through the public health care system and he believes it will ultimately save money by preventing trips to the emergency room. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. "We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care".

The mayor's office was quick to say that its plan, to be called NYC Care, would not be a substitute for any universal health care at the state level or a national single-payer plan. We'll put the money in it to make it work.

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