De Blasio has a plan

Pearl Mccarthy
January 11, 2019

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday issued a bold guarantee of affordable health care for every resident, thrusting the nation's largest city to the forefront of debates over universal health coverage and immigrant rights.

The NYC Care plan, which de Blasio said would be funded without tax increases, is an expansion of the city's existing MetroPlus plan that covers hospital bills for low-income residents. The city's more than 600,000 uninsured residents, including its more than 300,000 undocumented residents, are included in this de Blasio guarantee.

"No one should have to live in fear", de Blassio says. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".

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

De Blasio is promising a more efficient system, where people who pay on a sliding scale based on income can access medical and mental health care. "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist.

He's also repeatedly spoken out against the dangers sanctuary cities pose to USA citizens when illegal immigrant criminals are protected. The plan will cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status, according to a local news report.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Island's Project Hospitality, the Rev. Terry Troia, said she was thrilled by the mayor's plan.

"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.

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According to de Blasio the annual cost of the program will be, at least, $100 million.

"We don't want people to go out of business". "It is the worst way to get health care".

The promise is aimed at 600,000 New Yorkers who lack insurance because they can't afford it, believe they don't need it or can't get it because they are in the country illegally. This plan will give all of that directly to the people who don't have it in the city'.

De Blasio's announcement follows Monday's pledge in California by incoming Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to extend publicly subsidized healthcare to low-income undocumented residents.

NYC Care will first launch in the Bronx this summer and will be fully available across the five boroughs by 2021. "You have a lot of savings over time by not having people get health care the wrong way".

It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented.

Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health and Hospitals, the city's public healthcare network, noted that prescription drugs are one thing most people are anxious about being able to afford, but "under this program, pharmaceutical costs are covered".

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