NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with lawmakers and others gathered in the background Tuesday at the King County Public Health Center in Seattle. The group announced support for legislation to create a “public option” for Washington’s health-insurance excha

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

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. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".

"When this plan is fully implemented every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they're going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need", de Blasio said.

Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311. "We have a public option that we're ready to make much bigger". Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, up from 19, according to Newsom's new agenda.

ABC 7 reports NYC Care will guarantee health care for approval 600,000 people without health insurance in NY.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition applauded de Blasio's effort to provide healthcare to all New York City residents and argued that comprehensive coverage "must be extended to everyone in the state".

The programs will cost the city an estimated $100 million a year to operate.

"No one should have to live in fear".

'We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors who are undocumented, they're still part of our community and they need health care'.

De Blasio said, as it is, people are using the emergency room as "default health care provider for so many people in this country".

"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill. The mayor is trying to do what some of his predecessors attempted-shift patients away from the emergency room and into primary care, or clinics.

The NYC Care plan would improve that coverage, which already insures some 516,000 people, and aim to reach more of those who are eligible, such as the young and uninsured, and others who qualify but have not applied.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said. 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". "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said. First we're getting you your health care. "And we're doing that here in this city". We'll put the money in it to make it work.

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