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NYC Mayor's Healthcare Guarantee Includes Illegal Immigrants

11 January 2019

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday issued a bold guarantee of affordable health care for every resident, thrusting the nation's largest city to the forefront of debates over universal health coverage and immigrant rights. An estimated 600,000 people in the city are not now covered by any healthcare plan.

"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. No one should go without the health care they need.

Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice.

When the reporter further pressed the mayor for an answer, de Blasio said, "We're first getting people health care". Coverage will also apply to undocumented immigrants. Lieberman said, "Access to health care is a right that should be available to everyone, regardless of income or immigration status".

"It's going to be really important for people who have felt excluded from the system or didn't know how to get services", she said, "or imagined that "H and H" only has emergency-department services".

"Our citizens have a hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs and now Mayor de Blasio also wants them to pay for the healthcare of 300,000 citizens of other countries", Malliotakis said in a statement.

De Blasio spoke about the plan on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," boasting that "this has never been done in the country in this kind of a comprehensive way". The program will cost at least $100 million a year.

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Asked about how the program would work in places like Staten Island without a public hospital, de Blasio emphasized that the Vanderbilt Clinic was open and that MetroPlus would work everywhere "so that's half the people".

The news, however, came with a caveat; although overall deaths declined, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased a year ago, city officials noted last week. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care.

He joked that if they did leave town, they should use the Trans-Hudson commuter train to get their "free health care" without worry.

NYC Care will be launched in the summer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a decision to lead the progressive charge on the health care front.

Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; this is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!

"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of neighbors who happen to be undocumented - they're still part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care", de Blasio added.

NYC Mayor's Healthcare Guarantee Includes Illegal Immigrants