NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a plan to provide health care for all New Yorkers, including those who can not qualify for health insurance such as undocumented immigrants. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care. "At Lincoln, we aim to establish best practices that combine physical and mental health-two services which have historically been treated separately", said Milton Nuñez, then as now Lincoln's director-words not much different from what Chirlane McCray said at Tuesday's "revolutionary" press conference.

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"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted.

"As property taxes continue to rise at an unprecedented and unsustainable speed, impacting homeowners and renters alike, Mayor de Blasio continues to look for ways to spend their hard earned money by placing a heavier burden on the hardworking taxpayers of this city".

The plan will allow residents to see a primary care doctor for their healthcare issues, rather than relying on emergency rooms, said the mayor. No one should go without the health care they need.

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While NYC Care will not provide free coverage to everyone in the city, the program will be priced on a sliding scale according to individuals' ability to pay.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care.

"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill. "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference". Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.

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.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said. We're doing the opposite. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care. "Then we're working out the finances".

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