Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

New York City launches $100 mln universal health insurance program

New York City launches $100 mln universal health insurance program

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. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right". '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 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'.

The city's plan is similar to programs that have been established elsewhere like the Healthy San Francisco initiative but is broader, said Katz, who has previously led health agencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The mayor said the "unprecedented approach" is projected to cover more than half-a-million uninsured New Yorkers who now use the emergency room as a primary provider.

"No one should have to live in fear". "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".

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 legislation is modeled in part after de Blasio's paid-sick-leave law, which was implemented by the city in 2014. The mayor and aides said those residents tend to be healthy young adults who think they do not need insurance, and others who can not afford insured offered through their jobs, or the Affordable Care Act.

'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'.

NYC Care will first launch in the Bronx this summer and will be fully available across the five boroughs by 2021.

In his inaugural speech on Monday, California's new Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to establish a similar program to the one unveiled by NY.

When asked where funding was coming from, de Blasio didn't have an answer.

The proposal, which would have to win approval from the City Council, would make NY a pioneer in labor law.

We have to start somewhere. We're doing the opposite.

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. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced the city would pay for anyone, including illegal aliens, to receive health care, something they've dubbed NYC Care.

Not everyone is a huge fan.

"We will not waste city resources to help immigration authorities destroy our families", said then Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, shown in June, announced Tuesday that his city will offer health care to anybody.

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