De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status

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The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care.

The plan will provide health care to the almost 600,000 New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, according to de Blasio. But, aides said, it was something the city could do immediately and on its own, and not require approval from the State Legislature, which is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State. "We have to make it in practice a right".

ABC 7 reports NYC Care will guarantee health care for approval 600,000 people without health insurance in NY.

"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". It'll cost at least $100 million, according to the release.

The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like health care and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration.

New Yorkers will soon have access to comprehensive healthcare, available to everyone, regardless of their income and/or immigration status, through a newly announced program called NYC Care.

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The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale".

The program, NYC Care, will launch this summer in the Bronx. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said.

'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. We're doing the opposite.

The mayor's office insists the NYC Care program is not intended as a substitute for a universal health insurance plan that some Democratic state legislators are pushing for, or a national single-payer plan. We'll put the money in it to make it work. "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".

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