De Blasio Unveils Health Care Plan for Low-Income and Undocumented

11 January, 2019, 15:28 | Author: Sue Riley
  • Bill de Blasio

In a historic move, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday revealed plans to provide guaranteed health care to every resident of the city - including people who are in the country illegally.

Bill de Blasio has announced that health care insurance in New York City is now going to be free to all regardless of immigration status.

Claudia Calhoon, senior director of immigrant integration policy for the New York Immigration Coalition, said the program will include primary, preventive and specialty care and behavioral health services through New York City Health and Hospitals, the nation's largest public health-care system.

Indeed, NYC Care would be a mix of insurance and direct spending, and Mr.de Blasio said it would take about two years to get up and running.

"While I firmly believe that all New Yorkers deserve access to affordable health care and that primary care is best administered in a doctor's office rather than in our already overburdened emergency rooms, I have not seen details of the mayor's proposed plan", Rose said.

The Legal Aid Society has also joined in the fight against De Blasio's bid to make harsher bail restrictions.

Eric Philips, de Blasio's press secretary, later clarified that the plan is not health insurance. But the $100 million number assumes either that not all $600,000 uninsured individuals will need medical care, or that medical care will be provided at far below market value.

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"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday. Nor was arithmetic presented to document how much the city would save on city-paid emergency and hospital care by making preventive care more accessible.

The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like education and health care, and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration. The healthcare-for-all plan is not limited to American citizens and would also include individuals who can not afford their existing plans.

In his inaugural speech on Monday, California's new Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to establish a similar program to the one unveiled by NY. The mayor says the system is financially challenged and does not work well in connecting patients to doctors.

"We don't want people to go out of business".

Correct. NYC already has a public option.

He ruled-out raising taxes but conservatives, such as the chairmen of the Conservative Party of NY, have their doubts about the feasibility of the mayor's health care program. Finding them homes, health care, food etc. help them first. "Reforming our system also requires an emphasis on promoting preventative medicine, as well as reducing unnecessary visits to emergency rooms; these must be focus points for MetroPlus and the NYC Care program going forward".

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