NYC Mayor: City Will Guarantee Healthcare for All New Yorkers

Friday, 11 Jan, 2019

"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.

"That would be comparable to what Gavin Newsom has proposed", Calhoon said, " and it would be very exciting for NY to be in the lead on making sure that all adults have access". The mark is the lowest in 100 years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The mayor said the city already has a public health insurance option that helps undocumented residents access healthcare.

ABC News reports that de Blasio's new plan, NYC Care, isn't exactly a "universal health care" plan, but rather a "guarantee" that city will pay for preventative medical care for an estimated 600,000 who do not have insurance, but live within the boundaries of New York City.

The program, called NYC Care, will cover pediatrics, obstetrician-gynecologist or OB/GYN, geriatric, mental health and other services. And because NY is an at-will employment state, business owners can freely retaliate against workers attempting to exercise their rights, because owners can fire any employee without needing to give a reason.

Funding for the new program will require no tax hikes, the mayor said. The total costs may just be subsidized by the city if the individual is deemed to be someone who can afford to contribute to the cost. 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. "Get the healthcare you need when you need it". We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. "They need health care; their families need health care".

"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors, who happen to be undocumented", the mayor continued. What do they all have in common? "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right". "It's knowing where you can go for care and feeling welcome when you go for care".

Otherwise, the city's estimate averages out to $160 per person in medical costs per year. The new plan provides insurance for visits to doctors outside of hospitals.

The promise is aimed at 600,000 New Yorkers who lack insurance because they can't afford it, believe they don't need it or can't get it because they are in the country illegally.

De Blasio's announcement comes as Medicare for All and immigrant rights are being pushed into the political mainstream by progressive politicians and as the conservative Republican Trump administration has launched attacks against both. "Sure", Gelinas said. "But for the majority of employers, places people would want to work for who have choices about where to work, they're already offering vacation".