NYC Mayor Unveils "Health Care For All" Plan

NYC Mayor Unveils

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a universal health care plan on Tuesday, promising affordable medical coverage to all residents, regardless of citizenship status. It will also ensure that those New Yorkers have access to NYC Health and Hospitals' physicians, pharmacies, and mental health and substance abuse services.

If the plan is approved, New York City would be the first city in the nation to mandate paid personal time off for workers.

"We want to flip the script", de Blasio said. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right". "Today we celebrate our city's relentless commitment to accessible, high-quality healthcare", Palacio continued.

One question is whether undocumented immigrants will sign up at a time when the federal government has increased deportation efforts, said David Sandman, CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, a health care policy, research and grantmaking organization. That's fine, as far as it goes, but as a transformative, revolutionary program, it resembles telling people to call the Housing Authority if they need an apartment and then pretending that the housing crisis has been solved.

"Move over to Hoboken", Thiessen said, adding that skipping town to neighboring New Jersey will avoid the higher taxes that he predicted would come.

De Blasio first touted NYC Care during an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". 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". "Get used to this criticism-you're going to hear a lot of it". 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 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers.

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The current financial plan for city hospitals projects budget shortfalls of over $156 million in 2018, increasing to $1.8 billion in 2022, according to the city's Independent Budget Office.

NYC Care is set to begin in the Bronx this summer and will roll out to the rest of the boroughs by 2021. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference.

Asked about how the program would work in places like Staten Island without a public hospital, de Blasio emphasized that the Vanderbilt Clinic was open and that MetroPlus would work everywhere "so that's half the people". Currently, individuals making up to $48,000 per year and families of four earning up to $98,000 can receive federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state! "We're going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", de Blasio said.

"To break those old habits and get them to rely upon a primary care provider does have to include convenience and access", he said.

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