Friday, 18 January, 2019

NYC Mayor Unveils "Health Care For All" Plan

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Carol Daniels | 09 January, 2019, 06:32

Bill de Blasio will hold a press conference announcing the details of the plan at 11 A.M. EST.

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. But the city already does that.

Proponents of a nationwide Medicare for All system were quick to applaud de Blasio's plan as a major victory for health justice and a significant step toward the establishment of a statewide single-payer system in NY.

Yet taxpayers are at risk for bigger bills: Programs like this are infamous for busting past projected costs.

Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.

Yes, once-cash-strapped H+H's finances are, for now, OK. By making people aware that they won't have to pay to see a doctor, or to pick up a prescription, the mayor expects to avert a huge cost.

The efforts in liberal strongholds target President Donald Trump's push to roll back his predecessor's signature law and are moves toward universal health care as championed by some Democrats. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.

Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system.

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New Yorkers will soon have access to comprehensive healthcare, available to everyone, regardless of their income and/or immigration status, through a newly announced program called NYC Care.

All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand. "We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care". It'll cost at least $100 million, according to the release.

'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added.

The option will also provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants, said de Blasio, because they are still part of the community. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". "It is the worst way to get health care".

Health care has become a major political issue in the United States, with Republicans lifting restrictions that have made many policies under a national system known as Obamacare unaffordable and prominent Democrats advocating a government-run national health system to replace Obamacare.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.

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