On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident, he revealed in a historic surprise announcement. But the city already does that. According to Politico, the unprecedented program will cost an estimated $100 million.
But it's unclear how the program will be funded, and Republicans swiftly objected to using taxpayer dollars to pay for health care for those in the country illegally.
Yes, once-cash-strapped H+H's finances are, for now, OK.
If de Blasio expects this to burnish his national progressive reputation, he has a darn low opinion of his fellow-travelers' IQ.
The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", De Blasio concluded.
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'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'. Once the program is fully operational, interested parties can either call 311 or visit nyc.gov, and staff will set them up with a primary care contact. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room.
"We're going to guarantee healthcare for New Yorkers who need it". We're getting health care to a lot of people who've never had it before.
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.
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. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.
The option will also provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants, said de Blasio, because they are still part of the community.
In an interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, de Blasio responded to critics by saying that the city will save so much money from people not choosing to go to the emergency room and that NYC Care will be sustainable without any tax increases or a massive increase to the debt burden.
The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.