NYC launches $100M universal health insurance program

Posted January 09, 2019

But the reality is barely more than a con job, albeit one likely to mean trouble for taxpayers down the line.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared, Tuesday, that the city will unveil a brand new "universal" health care program, footing the bill for all uninsured New York City residents, "regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status". But the city already does that. "We're going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", de Blasio said.

NBC New York reported that the city will pay for the direct coverage of around 600,000 people in total.

New York City will soon guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

"We're gonna work for those bigger changes", the mayor said.

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Yes, once-cash-strapped H+H's finances are, for now, OK. Eric Phillips, de Blasio's spokesman, claimed this program is for direct coverage.

Island Republican representatives slammed the mayor's plan, while others, welcomed it. Primary and specialty care will be part of the city's health care offer, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, mental health and geriatric medical services. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care.

Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room.

"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".

"There's a smoothing that occurs when you take a group of people who are getting very expensive care much later than they should, and that is a huge burden on the healthcare system", he explained.

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Not only will NY be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants. "He must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".

Thiessen said the same claim was made after ObamaCare was passed, however, emergency room visits did not decline as predicted but instead increased. "It is the worst way to get health care".

HHC director Mitchell Katz practically admitted that the mayor's announcement of guaranteed health care for all is just fanfare, amounting to more "enabling services" for already-existing programs.

The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.

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