Healthcare will be guaranteed for everyone who lives in NY, including undocumented immigrants, Bill de Blasio, the city's mayor, said this week as he announced a plan to cover more than half a million people who do not have insurance. "They miss weddings... They miss all the things that make life whole", says de Blasio.
Rachel Grezsler, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said, "Coercive government mandates like this force employers to lay workers off, cut back on hours, reduce pay and other benefits and will force many to relocate outside of New York City to places where their businesses can survive".
All services will be affordable on a sliding scale.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it". No U.S. city or state requires paid time off for workers, according to the Post, although Puerto Rico does require employers to pay for time off.
Saying more than 500,000 full- and part-time employees in New York City now have no paid time off, de Blasio said he will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of paid personal time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any objective, including vacation, religious observances, bereavement, and time with family.
The potential flood of new patients would be coming into the purview of a health care system that's spent years operating under a chronic shortage of primary care providers - a long-running challenge City & State documented last October.
De Blasio said the city would also expand "3-K" (pre-K for 3-year-olds) to about a third of the city's school districts, legalize marijuana "the right way", and get Albany to fix the subways.
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The legislation would require employers with five or more employees to offer 10 paid days off that could be used for any objective.
In his sixth annual State of the City speech, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday morning exclaimed that the city would seize the buildings of the "worst landlords". "There has to be some alternative methodology", de Blasio said.
Almost half of the New York City workforce, or about 2 million workers, do not have employee-sponsored retirement plans, the mayor said at this State of the City.
The mayor added that other major nations recognize the need for paid personal time, and said New York City will lead the way in the U.S.
New York City has once again shown its intent to be a national leader in implementing robust worker protections.
If de Blasio's proposal is approved by the City Council, New York City would become the first and only American city to require paid vacation.