New York announces $100m universal health care plan

Henrietta Strickland
January 10, 2019

The push from de Blasio, a Democrat, comes one day after he announced an initiative to guarantee health care for all city residents, including undocumented immigrants, pledging $100 million and a commitment to extend health insurance to an additional 600,000 NY residents.

To make matters even worse, more illegal immigrants will now be attracted to New York City because they will have free healthcare at taxpayers' expense, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio's expensive social experiment in universal healthcare.

He said despite efforts to fully implement Obamacare, there are 600,000 city residents who lack insurance, including undocumented persons who can not access federal benefits.

"We are going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", De Blasio told MSNBC.

Thiessen said that de Blasio claimed his plan will only cost the city $100 million in funds without increasing taxes, but doubted that would play out as the 57-year-old from Park Slope, Brooklyn predicted.

'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach. "This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Phillips wrote on Twitter. "We can make it happen".

Sure, those gaining the sort of insurance reserved for the really rich on Wall Street or members of public unions will continue to get that private kind. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

Half of that group can't get health insurance due to their immigration status, de Blasio said, while the remainder includes young people who don't think they need coverage and people who find the Affordable Care Act exchanges unaffordable or hard to navigate. "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can". On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care.

Asked about how the program would work in places like Staten Island without a public hospital, de Blasio emphasized that the Vanderbilt Clinic was open and that MetroPlus would work everywhere "so that's half the people".

It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented. Nor was arithmetic presented to document how much the city would save on city-paid emergency and hospital care by making preventive care more accessible.

New York City is already a declared sanctuary city.

Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who ran unsuccessfully against de Blasio in the 2017 mayor's race, criticized the expanded health care plan. Health experts say that access to regular medical visits can cut down on costly hospital stays.

"I have seen first- hand some of the disadvantages that our healthcare system deals to people who are of a different background than their provider, be it racially, culturally or economically".

The program marks the Democratic mayor's effort to address the progressive priority of providing universal healthcare coverage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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