NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

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. That program, NYC Care, will launch this summer and will cost at least $100 million annually at full scale, the city said. "In this city we are going to make that a reality", De Blasio repeated at a press conference on the expansion Tuesday morning. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".

But it's unclear how the program will be funded, and Republicans swiftly objected to using taxpayer dollars to pay for health care for those in the country illegally.

Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system.

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In 2013, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx announced a new "Integrated Wellness Program" targeting seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems-the same population that tends to be uninsured, to neglect their own care, and to wind up in the emergency room when their diabetes or cardiovascular disease catches up with them. The plan will cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status, according to a local news report. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care". Clearly, the money that the mayor is assigning to this new initiative is intended for outreach-to convince people to go to the city's already-burdened public clinics instead of waiting until they get sick enough to need an emergency room. "You name it. The things that people need will be available to them".

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

Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. 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. Trying to take away the right to health care.

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"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", De Blasio concluded. By making people aware that they won't have to pay to see a doctor, or to pick up a prescription, the mayor expects to avert a huge cost.

When the reporter further pressed the mayor for an answer, de Blasio said, "We're first getting people health care".

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