De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status

De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status

De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status

Watch live: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the health care plan in video above.

The programs will cost the city an estimated $100 million a year to operate.

Health care has become a major political issue in the U.S., with Republicans lifting restrictions that have made many policies under a national system known as Obamacare unaffordable and prominent Democrats advocating a government-run national health system to replace Obamacare.

The mayor is trying to do what some of his predecessors attempted-shift patients away from the emergency room and into primary care, or clinics.

Proponents of a nationwide Medicare for All system were quick to applaud de Blasio's plan as a major victory for health justice and a significant step toward the establishment of a statewide single-payer system in NY. "While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay".

The confusing part is whether or not this will be considered "insurance".

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering a similar plan, Fox News reported.

New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers.

De Blasio said, as it is, people are using the emergency room as "default health care provider for so many people in this country".

I stand with @NYCMayor de Blasio today in declaring health care is a right for all, not a privilege for only those who can afford care.

"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice, and we're doing that here in this city", the Democratic mayor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference", de Blasio said. "But our people need healthcare right now". It'll cost at least $100 million, according to the release.

The Economic Opportunity Institute said more than 43,000 people dropped their health insurance past year in Washington. We're going the opposite direction.

Island Republican representatives slammed the mayor's plan, while others, welcomed it.

When asked why New Yorkers should pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants or young invincibles, De Blasio said they already pay plenty when the community isn't healthy.

The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.

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