Sunday, 24 March, 2019

De Blasio says every resident in NYC will be guaranteed health care

Samantha Long | 08 January, 2019, 21:51

Hizzoner was scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. where more information about the plan was expected.

In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care.

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs [emergency rooms]) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", New York City Mayor's Office spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted Tuesday morning.

NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan to provide all New York City residents with health care coverage. According to Politico, the unprecedented program will cost an estimated $100 million.

New York City does not plan to raise taxes on residents to fund the new initiative, as de Blasio says the program and its costs will be phased in over the span of several years, USA Today reported. "We have a public option, that we're ready to make much bigger - a public health insurance option that can reach the hundreds of thousands that are, right now, not in any kind of health insurance". Health care is a human right.

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"When this plan is fully implemented every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they're going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need".

The health care programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers "make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services", the news release said. We're getting health care to a lot of people who've never had it before.

'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'.

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.

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. Yes it should. Let me just make that clear at the outset.

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