NYC Mayor Unveils "Health Care For All" Plan

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with lawmakers and others gathered in the background Tuesday at the King County Public Health Center in Seattle. The group announced support for legislation to create a “public option” for Washington’s health-insurance excha

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with lawmakers and others gathered in the background Tuesday at the King County Public Health Center in Seattle. The group announced support for legislation to create a “public option” for Washington’s health-insurance excha

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced plans to launch "the largest, most comprehensive plan in the nation" to guarantee health care coverage for all city residents, including those in the country illegally.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio added Tuesday. There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage.

De Blasio makes it sound as though illegal immigrants have not been able to get health care until now.

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. All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state! Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, up from 19, according to Newsom's new agenda.

On Twitter, De Blasio wrote that there would be a public option and a new program called NYC Care. He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits.

The NYC Care plan would improve that coverage, which already insures some 516,000 people, and aim to reach more of those who are eligible, such as the young and uninsured, and others who qualify but have not applied.




Part of the idea NYC Care, aides to the mayor said, was to ease that burden while providing better health care to New Yorkers. "Don't feel you can't afford it. Get the health care that you need when you need it".

The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale". "And we're doing that here in this city". The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".

Health care, De Blasio announced, is now a "right" for anyone who gets sick in NYC. "And we can get it to them".

'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. The plan will is expected to ensure care to resident regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.

The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades.

'There are enormous savings, humanly and economically, to getting it right. "Then we're working out the finances". We're going the opposite direction.

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