NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Tuesday in Seattle at the King County Public Health Center. The governor is part of a group announcing support for legislation to create a “public option” for Washington’s health-insurance exchange. (Ken Lambert  The Seattle

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Tuesday in Seattle at the King County Public Health Center. The governor is part of a group announcing support for legislation to create a “public option” for Washington’s health-insurance exchange. (Ken Lambert The Seattle

A new plan to provide all New York City residents, even undocumented immigrants, with health care coverage is groundbreaking and has "never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

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.

And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said. "At Lincoln, we aim to establish best practices that combine physical and mental health-two services which have historically been treated separately", said Milton Nuñez, then as now Lincoln's director-words not much different from what Chirlane McCray said at Tuesday's "revolutionary" press conference.

According to Bloomberg, NYC Care will begin in the Bronx this year, and is expected to be available to all New Yorkers in 2021.

The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades. 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 program is called NYC 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". The city has spent lots of money trying to convince poor, often dysfunctional people to develop regular medical habits by signing up for Medicaid and getting a primary-care doctor.

The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale". De Blasio aides told the NY Times that the NYC Care initiative is simply "something the city could do immediately and on its own". "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care". It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said. "Then we're working out the finances".

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. We're going the opposite direction.

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