NYC Mayor Unveils "Health Care For All" Plan

Faith Castro
January 9, 2019

New York City Mayor New York City will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who can not qualify for insurance, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday morning, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates.

Mayor Bill de Blasio cited his "socialistic impulse" in describing an ideal world where New York City government has control over all land and building development in his city. Bill de Blasio will hold a press conference announcing the details of the plan at 11 A.M. EST. "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".

New York City will soon guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

"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".

The $100 million plan will roll out this year and expand over the next few years, de Blasio said.

'The Republicans in Washington have been trying to tear down health care, we're doing the opposite, ' de Blasio said.

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The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like health care and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration.

The plan would cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status. "This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio said on MSNBC.

Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor.

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just E.R.s) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", the mayor's spokesman, Eric Phillips, wrote on Twitter. "It is the most expensive way to get health care". First we're getting you your health care.

"Health care is a human right".

'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. Asked if uninsured people-largely illegal immigrants-can get primary care now, Katz explained, "you can definitely walk into any emergency room, you can go to a clinic, but what is missing is the good customer service to ensure that you get an available appointment. that's what we're missing and the mayor is providing". We just have to keep working at it!

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