De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status
- Author: Santos West Jan 09, 2019,
Jan 09, 2019, 2:14
"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", writes NBC New York.
Trump's Republican party has pushed to repeal the 2010 Obamacare program, which expanded health care to most uninsured Americans, while the liberal wing of the Democratic party has called for a federally funded, single-payer system, inspired by programs in Canada and many European countries.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", De Blasio concluded. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".
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.
The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like health care and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration.
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. 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".
Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor. The plan will cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status, according to a local news report. "We have now, in New York City, something that we can build on". First we're getting you your health care.
The city plans to begin improving MetroPlus now, and to expand access for ineligible New Yorkers starting this summer. No one should go without the health care they need.
De Blasio said the plan will offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale that is based on income.
As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro pointed out on Twitter, de Blasio's government estimates the plan will cost the city no more than $100 million per year - an amount that de Blasio says precludes having to raise taxes to cover the program. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said. It's going to save us money down the line'.
The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.