Some 600,000 residents of New York City now without health insurance will be assigned a primary care physician and be given access to specialists under a plan announced on Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday morning to unveil his new plan to provide affordable medical care for all New Yorkers, regardless of their income or immigration status. It will cover costs for medical, mental health and substance abuse issues, he adds. And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said.
"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice".
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On his first day in office, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a budget on Monday that would make California the only state in the nation to provide coverage to undocumented young adults through its Medicaid program.
"It's going to be really important for people who have felt excluded from the system or didn't know how to get services", she said, "or imagined that "H and H" only has emergency-department services". 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.
Trump's Republican party has pushed to repeal the 2010 Obamacare program, which expanded health care to most uninsured Americans, while the liberal wing of the Democratic party has called for a federally funded, single-payer system, inspired by programs in Canada and many European countries. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach.
Half of that group can't get health insurance due to their immigration status, de Blasio said, while the remainder includes young people who don't think they need coverage and people who find the Affordable Care Act exchanges unaffordable or hard to navigate.More news: Rare coin found in boy's lunchbox worth $2.4 million
De Blasio seems unfazed by the idea that this might be a very expensive boondoggle, of course.
NYC Care is set to begin in the Bronx this summer and will roll out to the rest of the boroughs by 2021.
The news, however, came with a caveat; although overall deaths declined, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased past year, city officials noted last week. He said giving people the primary care they need and helping them avoid the emergency room will help the financial burden for patients.
It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented.More news: Meghan's patronages: Duchess of Sussex's four new causes revealed
In other words, taxes paid by New York City residents such as myself can not be used to help stem the tide of illegal immigration. "They need health care; their families need health care".