NYC Promises 'Guaranteed' Healthcare for All Residents

Ebony Scott
January 11, 2019

New York City will provide health care for all its residents regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Not only will NY be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants.

"Our citizens have hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs", Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the New York State Assembly who represents Brooklyn and Staten Island, tweeted.

"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.

Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.

The premise is that it will be more cost-effective to give people regular medical care than to rely on hospital emergency rooms to treat serious health problems that could have been addressed at far less expense earlier.

De Blasio is promising a more efficient system, where people who pay on a sliding scale based on income can access medical and mental health care.

"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors, who happen to be undocumented", the mayor continued.

"We need to know exactly who is going to be eligible for the program".

"Move over to Hoboken", Thiessen said, adding that skipping town to neighboring New Jersey will avoid the higher taxes that he predicted would come.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces NYC Care at the Lincoln Hospital in New York, on January 8, 2019.

The programs will cost the city an estimated $100 million a year to operate.

"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement. In his remarks, de Blasio was clear where he stands.

The prospects for a statewide universal health care proposal in NY improved last fall when Democrats took control of the entire Legislature by winning a Senate majority.

Although Republicans held majorities in both the House and the Senate for the first two years of Trump's presidency, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on funding the border wall - and punted on the issue. "It's being treated in a language you can understand by people who actually care about your health and well-being".

HHC director Mitchell Katz practically admitted that the mayor's announcement of guaranteed health care for all is just fanfare, amounting to more "enabling services" for already-existing programs.

NYC Care will launch in summer 2019 and will roll out gradually in different parts of the city, starting in the Bronx, according to the release.

Correct. NYC already has a public option.

ABC 7 reports NYC Care will guarantee health care for approval 600,000 people without health insurance in NY. "Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers".

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