New York City Mayor New York City will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who can not qualify for insurance, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday morning, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to provide primary and specialty care for roughly 600,000 residents who now use the hospital emergency rooms in the city as primary care.
"Our citizens have a hard enough time covering their own health care costs and now Mayor de Blasio also wants them to pay for the health care of 300,000 citizens of other countries", said Malliotakis.
The announcement came the day after de Blasio announced a plan to spend $100 million a year on expanding health coverage for low-income New Yorkers and seemed meant to polish his credentials as a progressive leader.
"We need to know exactly who is going to be eligible for the program".
"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".
"New Yorkers need a break!" he declared, sarcastically dismissing concerns that the policy might have negative ramifications.
De Blasio's announcement came after California's new Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined a similarly ambitious health care agenda for his state, aimed at offering more benefits to illegal immigrants and protecting the embattled Affordable Care Act. The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible.
'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.
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Under NYC Care, a full spectrum of health care services, ranging from general practitioners to specialty care including cardiologists, pediatricians and gynecologists, will be made available on a sliding pay scale.
"Health care is a human right". The healthcare-for-all plan is not limited to American citizens and would also include individuals who can not afford their existing plans.
Healthcare-for-all provides coverage for all, reduces the burden on small businesses to offer and pay for health coverage, addresses the business myth that it's cost prohibitive to hire certain workers because their health coverage is too expensive. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM", Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said (R-Staten Island).
Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.
Not only will NY be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants.
"No state has more at stake on the issue of health care".
The Trump administration said in July that it would freeze payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases.
State Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat from Seattle, said he would sponsor legislation for a public option.