De Blasio Announces Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens

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

"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", said Mayor Bill de Blasio, sitting alongside advocates and First Lady Chirlane McCray.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

"We are going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", De Blasio told MSNBC.

De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, who started a mental health program, ThriveNYC, for city residents, praised NYC Care for increasing access to mental health services. Extending the program to an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants puts the Democrat at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made border security a top priority for his presidency.

The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale".

"Every other major nation recognizes the necessity of Paid Personal Time", de Blasio stated.

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"If you are working for a small, struggling company, one with obviously more than five employees but maybe 10-15 people, a retailer that is fighting Amazon, that is fighting higher property taxes, higher health care costs for the workforce, yes, this is just one more cost for that company". Mayor de Blasio should look out for the legal residents of the city who are footing the bill before extending more expensive taxpayer funded benefits to illegal aliens. "New Yorkers need a break". Nor was arithmetic presented to document how much the city would save on city-paid emergency and hospital care by making preventive care more accessible. It's part of a sweeping health care plan Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled just hours after being sworn into office Monday. It will cost at least $100 million, but the mayor said that the city would save a lot because fewer people would go to the emergency room, which provides pricey and inefficient care.

The prospects for a statewide universal health care proposal in NY improved last fall when Democrats took control of the entire Legislature by winning a Senate majority. 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.

De Blasio apparently anticipates that the "pay-what-you-want" option will yield some payment, and its not clear, from the numbers cited in Tuesday's press conference, that the city has considered what might happen if all 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers fail to pay anything for services rendered. "It is the worst way to get health care".

Among those populations: undocumented immigrants who may fear signing up for a government program could lead to deportation.

All children in New York State already have access to health coverage.

Correct. NYC already has a public option.

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