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Mayor Announces Health Care Program for All New Yorkers

Mayor Announces Health Care Program for All New Yorkers

New York City Mayor New York City will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who can not qualify for insurance, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday morning, seeking to insert a city policy into two contentious national debates.

"We're going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", de Blasio told MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

The plan will build on the city's existing public-option health insurance program called MetroPlus, which now insures more than 500,000 low-income New Yorkers.

The new program, called NYC Care, will be available to everyone in Manhattan and its five boroughs, regardless of existing medical conditions, ability to pay or immigration status, de Blassio says. It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference. And if health care insurance did cost $166 per person per year then it wouldn't be a problem, would it? All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.

"MetroPlus serves as an affordable, quality option for people on Medicaid, Medicare, and those purchasing insurance on the exchange".

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio said on MSNBC. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. He added that NY has a public health insurance option, MetroPlus, that the city aims to improve, expand and support through NYC Care. "Sure", Gelinas said. "But for the majority of employers, places people would want to work for who have choices about where to work, they're already offering vacation".

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Thiessen said the same claim was made after ObamaCare was passed, however, emergency room visits did not decline as predicted but instead increased. The legislation is modeled in part after de Blasio's paid-sick-leave law, which was implemented by the city in 2014.

Williams also wondered about de Blasio's implementation strategy but welcomed that mental health services would be included under NYC Care. "And we will continue to move closer to ensuring health care for every Californian".

Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health and Hospitals, the city's public healthcare network, noted that prescription drugs are one thing most people are anxious about being able to afford, but "under this program, pharmaceutical costs are covered".

"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", the Democratic mayor said.

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.

Island Republican representatives slammed the mayor's plan, while others, welcomed it.