New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared, Tuesday, that the city will unveil a brand new "universal" health care program, footing the bill for all uninsured New York City residents, "regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status".
When asked why New Yorkers should pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants or young invincibles, De Blasio said they already pay plenty when the community isn't healthy.
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.
New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers.
Eric Philips, de Blasio's press secretary, later clarified that the plan is not health insurance. Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.
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. That program, NYC Care, will launch this summer and will cost at least $100 million annually at full scale, the city said.
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"We recognized that obviously health care is not just in theory a right", De Blasio told media ahead of his announcement.
There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added.
It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.
De Blasio makes it sound as though illegal immigrants have not been able to get health care until now. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more".
How about the Mayor of New York City take care of the people that was born here, like the ones that are sleeping on our streets. New York City already has a public health care option. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.
The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades. "It is the worst way to get health care". As a result, they end up in the emergency room for complaints great and small, typically receiving care for a problem that's become much more serious during the wait. "We are doing just the opposite".