NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

Pearl Mccarthy
January 9, 2019

"New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider", writes NBC New York. In this city, we're going to make that a reality. Asked if uninsured people-largely illegal immigrants-can get primary care now, Katz explained, "you can definitely walk into any emergency room, you can go to a clinic, but what is missing is the good customer service to ensure that you get an available appointment. that's what we're missing and the mayor is providing".

"Under NYC Care, 600,000 New Yorkers, including our undocumented brothers and sisters, will have access to healthcare", declared Winnie Wong, founder of the advocacy group People for Bernie. But, aides said, it was something the city could do immediately and on its own. "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. NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more". As a result, they end up in the emergency room for complaints great and small, typically receiving care for a problem that's become much more serious during the wait.

It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY. "You name it. The things that people need will be available to them". Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.

'If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back-end when people get really sick, ' he said. It's going to save us money down the line'.

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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. "Now, @nycmayor also wants them to pay for healthcare of 300,000 citizens of other countries. The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.

When the reporter further pressed the mayor for an answer, de Blasio said, "We're first getting people health care".

De Blasio said the plan will offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale that is based on income. He added that the program will be up and running this year and will be built out over the next few years.

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