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De Blasio touts $100M plan to provide healthcare for all NYC residents

Everyone in New York City is guaranteed the right to health care said Mayor Bill de Blasio Everyone in New York City is guaranteed the right to health care said Mayor Bill de Blasio
Anna Jefferson | 09 January, 2019, 02:13

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New York City will guarantee health care to all New Yorkers.

It will be fully available across all five boroughs in 2021 at an estimated cost of $100 million a year.

While we await the "details", I will suspend my disbelief other than to remark that (1) the price tag of $100 million seems a little light and (2) the "details" should anticipate the dynamic effects of the plan.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

The recently re-elected Democratic mayor of the country's largest city announced on MSNBC Tuesday the government will pay for any and all resident's comprehensive care, including those who aren't eligible to receive comprehensive Medicaid coverage. Primary and specialty care will be part of the city's health care offer, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, mental health and geriatric medical services.

The program is called NYC Care. "Through our own public option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room".

He also said that no new taxes would be issued to pay for the plan, noting that "we're going to pay for" this "through our public health care system because we're making it a priority".

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Watch live: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the health care plan in video above. No one should go without the health care they need. Right now, he explained, numerous city's uninsured put off medical attention when they need it because they assume they can't afford it.

Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said.

De Blasio makes it sound as though illegal immigrants have not been able to get health care until now. "In the last couple of years there's been tremendous focus, tremendous energy, pinpoint precision in Washington among Republicans trying to reduce the amount of health care people get".

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.

The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free.

De Blasio said he believes the program will pay for itself because fewer residents would have to rely on costly emergency room visits to get treatment.

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