NY announces US$100 million universal health care plan

Former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen warned New York City residents of "skyrocketing" public costs after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to insure all residents for free, regardless of immigration status.

The program, called NYC Care, will cover pediatrics, obstetrician-gynecologist or OB/GYN, geriatric, mental health and other services.

The proposal, which would have to win approval from the City Council, would make NY a pioneer in labor law.

"No one should have to live in fear".

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday.

When asked why New Yorkers should pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants or young invincibles, De Blasio said they already pay plenty when the community isn't healthy. 'If we treat people decently, it would be bad for the economy, ' they'll say.

According to reports, the decrease in traffic deaths comes as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" plan, which began in 2014 and is created to eliminate such deaths.

De Blasio's announcement came after California's new Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined a similarly ambitious health care agenda for his state, aimed at offering more benefits to illegal immigrants and protecting the embattled Affordable Care Act.

"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. De Blasio said NYC Care would work on a "sliding scale" where "people will pay what they can" for care. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. "And we will continue to move closer to ensuring health care for every Californian". The plan is primarily targeting low-income and undocumented New Yorkers.

NYC Care will be launched in the Bronx later this year and expand to all New Yorkers in 2021.

Otherwise, the city's estimate averages out to $160 per person in medical costs per year. There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage.

The plan will provide health care to the almost 600,000 New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, according to de Blasio. "With NYC Care, the citizens of this great city can finally exercise that right".

He also said that no new taxes would be issued to pay for the plan, noting that "we're going to pay for" this "through our public health care system because we're making it a priority".

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!


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