New York City will guarantee "comprehensive health care" to every resident, regardless of someone's income or immigration status, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC Tuesday morning. "We're going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", de Blasio said.
New York City, with a population of 8.6 million, has more than 6000,000 residents that remain uninsured, so city officials have created a landmark plan to reduce that number to zero.
"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", he added. Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, up from 19, according to Newsom's new agenda.
"As property taxes continue to rise at an unprecedented and unsustainable speed, impacting homeowners and renters alike, Mayor de Blasio continues to look for ways to spend their hard earned money by placing a heavier burden on the hardworking taxpayers of this city", said Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who challenged de Blasio in the last election.
The city plans to contribute $100 million in funding for NYC Care, which de Blasio described as "a really smart down payment on a lot of good things it'll yield later on".
The emergency room is the "default health care provider for so many people in this country", de Blasio said.
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Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.
The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale".
How about the Mayor of New York City take care of the people that was born here, like the ones that are sleeping on our streets. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".
In 2013, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx announced a new "Integrated Wellness Program" targeting seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems-the same population that tends to be uninsured, to neglect their own care, and to wind up in the emergency room when their diabetes or cardiovascular disease catches up with them. First we're getting you your health care. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.
The state's similarly liberal governor, Andrew Cuomo, previously spoke about health-care-for-all prior to being elected to a third term previous year. We're doing the opposite.
President and CEO of the NYC Health + Hospitals Mitchell Katz said because it was a "comprehensive clinic" if someone needed hospital services, the city would help them get to another Health + Hospital facility.