Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

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

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

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. Mayor Bill de Blasio first broadcast the plan on MSNBC Tuesday morning, offering more details at a press conference held at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

"No one should have to live in fear". The city has spent lots of money trying to convince poor, often dysfunctional people to develop regular medical habits by signing up for Medicaid and getting a primary-care doctor.

Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.

Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system. New York City already has a public health care option.

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. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".

In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care.

"You name it. The things that people need will be available to them", he added.

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.

And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said.

New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. The mayor is trying to do what some of his predecessors attempted-shift patients away from the emergency room and into primary care, or clinics. His "health care for all" effort seems little different.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

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.

The $100million plan would reach 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents who can't afford current insurance plans, and the "young invincibles" who don't think they need insurance.

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