New York City mayor announces $100 million health care program

De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

The city of NY is launching a program to guarantee that every resident has health insurance, as well as timely access to physicians and health services, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan that would guarantee healthcare for 600,000 low-income New Yorkers, with Bronx residents expected to get priority.

"We are going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it", De Blasio told MSNBC.

According to de Blasio the annual cost of the program will be, at least, $100 million. 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.

"Every other major nation recognizes the necessity of Paid Personal Time", de Blasio stated.

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.

The coalition noted that for NY, violent crimes in 2018 have decreased and are reportedly at an all-time low which contradicts the need to push for tighter bail restrictions. The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible.

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It will also aim to provide the uninsured with a range of services, including primary-care physicians, mental health services and prescription drugs, through the network of hospitals and clinics run by the city Health and Hospitals Corp. Workers would have the right to use this time for any reason they choose, though the Mayor will allow businesses to require up to two weeks of notice, and have "reasonable exceptions for granting leave".

The plan also rests on recent efforts to strengthen the shaky finances of the NYC Health + Hospitals system, which nevertheless "still faces substantial financial challenges", according to a forecast last month by the New York City Independent Budget Office.

Healthcare-for-all provides coverage for all, reduces the burden on small businesses to offer and pay for health coverage, addresses the business myth that it's cost prohibitive to hire certain workers because their health coverage is too expensive.

The city will spend $100 million on the program, The New York Times reported.

"No one should have to live in fear", de Blassio says. "You won't end up in a hospital bed if you actually get the care you need when the disease starts". We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

The City's plan is to boost enrollment in Metro Plus and strengthen it. MetroPlus offers free or affordable health insurance that connects insurance-eligible New Yorkers to providers.

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