De Blasio Announces Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens

  • De Blasio Announces Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens

De Blasio Announces Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens

New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. "We are going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it".

As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro pointed out on Twitter, de Blasio's government estimates the plan will cost the city no more than $100 million per year - an amount that de Blasio says precludes having to raise taxes to cover the program.

In making the announcement on national television, Mr.de Blasio appeared to be trying to heighten that contrast and thrust his efforts on behalf of undocumented New Yorkers into the national debate over immigration, hours before Mr. Trump was to go on television Tuesday night to make his case for a border wall. Rather, it involves bolstering MetroPlus for those who are eligible, and ensuring that those who can't sign up for insurance can use the city's public hospital and clinic program-NYC Health + Hospitals-for all their medical needs, including mental health and secondary services like pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and substance abuse treatment.

"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. "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.

Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said. I want to make sure that's really, really clear.

"There's a smoothing that occurs when you take a group of people who are getting very expensive care much later than they should, and that is a huge burden on the healthcare system", he explained.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", De Blasio concluded. "And we're doing that here in this city". We're going the opposite direction.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free.

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