NYC Mayor Unveils "Health Care For All" Plan

Spencer Underwood
January 12, 2019

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", De Blasio concluded.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on January 8 a health care plan to cover an estimated 600,000 residents, including undocumented residents. There are roughly 600,000 residents without health insurance, half of them undocumented immigrants.

Phillips stressed after the surprise announcment that this is not health insurance.

The mayor said he believes the program will ultimately save taxpayers money because participants in NYC Care will be able to get routine care in a doctor's office as opposed to more expensive emergency room services. An estimated 600,000 people in the city are not now covered by any healthcare plan. 'If you treat people with respect and dignity, the jobs will go away. "Reforming our system also requires an emphasis on promoting preventative medicine, as well as reducing unnecessary visits to emergency rooms; these must be focus points for MetroPlus and the NYC Care program going forward".

"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.

According to reports, the decrease in traffic deaths comes as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" plan, which began in 2014 and is created to eliminate such deaths.

NYC Care is set to launch later this year in the Bronx borough, becoming available across the entire city by 2021, according to a statement.

Back in 2014, de Blasio signed a bill mandating private employers with five or more employees offer up to five days of paid sick leave. Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two. "An actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor".

Kevin Dugan, government affairs director for the New York State Restaurant Association, called the proposal "very concerning" to the restaurant industry.

"Under NYC Care, 600,000 New Yorkers, including our undocumented brothers and sisters, will have access to healthcare", declared Winnie Wong, founder of the advocacy group People for Bernie.

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care.

Through the combination of these programs, uninsured residents will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers from pediatrics to OBGYN, geriatric, mental health, and other services. Nor was arithmetic presented to document how much the city would save on city-paid emergency and hospital care by making preventive care more accessible. "MetroPlus serves as an affordable, quality option for people on Medicaid, Medicare, and those purchasing insurance on the exchange". And because more people will get preventive care, the city might actually save money, he added. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.

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