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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

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, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", de Blasio said. Bill de Blasio will hold a press conference announcing the details of the plan at 11 A.M. EST.

Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311. "We have a public option, that we're ready to make much bigger - a public health insurance option that can reach the hundreds of thousands that are, right now, not in any kind of health insurance".

If spending an additional $100 million is all it takes to pay the health costs of a half-million people, you may wonder why New York City Health + Hospitals (HHC) is going broke spending $8 billion annually to treat 1.1 million people.

Under de Blasio's program, 600,000 estimated uninsured residents will soon be insured.

As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro pointed out on Twitter, de Blasio's government estimates the plan will cost the city no more than $100 million per year - an amount that de Blasio says precludes having to raise taxes to cover the program.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S
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NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx this summer and be available in the other four boroughs in 2021, the release said.

The mayor said all services will be affordable on a sliding scale for those who can pay something, and those who cannot afford it will receive care for free.

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.

The plan would cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status.

De Blasio said, as it is, people are using the emergency room as "default health care provider for so many people in this country". Officials hope to get the program up and running within two years, and while they weren't able to project wait times for secondary physicians, they hope that participants won't have to wait more than a week or two to see a primary doctor. "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference", de Blasio said. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said. "We are doing just the opposite". Finding them homes, health care, food etc. help them first. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right". "And we can get it to them".

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