De Blasio Announces Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens
09 January, 2019, 02:15 | Author: Lillian Steele
Declaring that healthcare is "a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", New York City's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a plan that he said will guarantee comprehensive medical coverage to all 8.6 million city residents, including undocumented immigrants.
NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021.
The program is expected to cost at least $100 million a year. "We're going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", de Blasio said.
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.
Funding for the new program will require no tax hikes, the mayor said. First we're getting you your health care. He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits. Rather, it involves bolstering MetroPlus for those who are eligible, and ensuring that those who can't sign up for insurance can use the city's public hospital and clinic program-NYC Health + Hospitals-for all their medical needs, including mental health and secondary services like pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and substance abuse treatment.
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The plan would cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status.
In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care.
There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.
"This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio said on MSNBC. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. 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". 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. Trying to take away the right to health care. 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.
De Blasio said that when the program is fully implemented it will be the most comprehensive health care system in the country.
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