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, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
During his presser on Tuesday, de Blasio said he will continue to support statewide and national efforts to move toward single-payer, and characterized NYC Care as an immediate solution for hundreds of thousands of uninsured New York City residents.
De Blasio says that when people know their health care is guaranteed it will change their behavior. First we're getting you your health care.
The tendency of a segment of the population to avoid the health-care system until a critical moment, relying in effect on emergency rooms for primary care, has been the knottiest problem in public health for decades. Officials hope to get the program up and running within two years, and while they weren't able to project wait times for secondary physicians, they hope that participants won't have to wait more than a week or two to see a primary doctor. Rather, it involves bolstering MetroPlus for those who are eligible, and ensuring that those who can't sign up for insurance can use the city's public hospital and clinic program-NYC Health + Hospitals-for all their medical needs, including mental health and secondary services like pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and substance abuse treatment. Aviles said that the city was renowned for its "significant innovations in expanding access to care for immigrants, including our financial assistance policies that provide deeply discounted fees for the uninsured, our comprehensive communications assistance for limited English proficiency patients, and our strictly enforced confidentiality policies that afford new immigrants a sense of security in accessing needed care". "We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care". "We are doing just the opposite".
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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. 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.
Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder. Trying to water down Obamacare and debilitate it. Lots of time and energy has been put into taking away health care from tens of millions of people.
De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan.
The option will also provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants, said de Blasio, because they are still part of the community.