De Blasio Announces Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens

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"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning. "At Lincoln, we aim to establish best practices that combine physical and mental health-two services which have historically been treated separately", said Milton Nuñez, then as now Lincoln's director-words not much different from what Chirlane McCray said at Tuesday's "revolutionary" press conference.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

"No one should have to live in fear", the mayor said.

"Health care is a human right".

According to Bloomberg, NYC Care will begin in the Bronx this year, and is expected to be available to all New Yorkers in 2021.

The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care.

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"You name it. The things that people need will be available to them", he added.

The mayor made the announcement during MSNBC morning program, 'Morning Joe'. "We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care".

There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added. And we have now in New York City something that we can build on. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. His "health care for all" effort seems little different.

"As property taxes continue to rise at an unprecedented and unsustainable speed, impacting homeowners and renters alike, Mayor de Blasio continues to look for ways to spend their hard earned money by placing a heavier burden on the hardworking taxpayers of this city", said Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who challenged de Blasio in the last election.

Under de Blasio's program, 600,000 estimated uninsured residents will soon be insured.

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