NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

Grant Boone
January 9, 2019

"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.

The $100 million plan will roll out this year and expand over the next few years, de Blasio said.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio said.

The recently re-elected Democratic mayor of the country's largest city announced on MSNBC Tuesday the government will pay for any and all resident's comprehensive care, including those who aren't eligible to receive comprehensive Medicaid coverage. "Don't feel you can't afford it. Get the health care that you need when you need it". "It is the worst [kind] of health care". He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits.

He also said the program known as "NYC Care" is going to "revolutionize" health care because "people now, they are going to the emergency room - that is the default health care provider for so many people in this country".

It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.

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'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added. 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.

The announcement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," comes as the newly Democrat-controlled state legislature in Albany is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State.

There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. 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". And we have now in New York City something that we can build on. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. By making people aware that they won't have to pay to see a doctor, or to pick up a prescription, the mayor expects to avert a huge cost.

The city's more than 600,000 uninsured residents, including its more than 300,000 undocumented residents, are included in this de Blasio guarantee.

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