De Blasio says every resident in NYC will be guaranteed health care
Jan 09 2019
"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning.
"We're already paying an exorbitant amount to provide health care in the wrong way - and to wait until people are really sick", de Blasio said. "And we can get it to them".
In 2013, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx announced a new "Integrated Wellness Program" targeting seriously mentally ill people with chronic health problems-the same population that tends to be uninsured, to neglect their own care, and to wind up in the emergency room when their diabetes or cardiovascular disease catches up with them. "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference", de Blasio said. 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. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".
The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care.
New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.
"You name it. The things that people need will be available to them", he added. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. We're getting health care to a lot of people who've never had it before. It's going to save us money down the line'. The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan.
De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. It is the worst way to get health care.
The $100million plan would reach 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents who can't afford current insurance plans, and the "young invincibles" who don't think they need insurance.
The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale". "It is the most expensive way to get health care".