As a child, you were probably taught that money doesn’t grow on trees. Unfortunately, there are a lot of adults out there who didn’t seem to get that memo. NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is one of those people.
His recent plan is going to make a lot of people feel good but it’s not going to go over well with all the New Yorkers who realize the state has no money and can’t even make sure the subway works.
De Blasio has his sights on healthcare insurance for all paid for by the state.
From NBC News:
New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
It’s not health insurance, his spokesman clarified after the surprise announcement on MSNBC Tuesday morning.
De Blasio said the plan will provide primary and specialty care, from pediatrics to OBGYN, geriatric, mental health and other services, to the city’s roughly 600,000 uninsured. He said the city already has the foundation for such a plan — a public health insurance option that helps get direct care to undocumented residents.
That option will be expanded, the mayor said, and supported with the addition of a new program called NYC Care. That plan will roll out in 2019 and build out over the next few years, de Blasio said. It’ll cost about $100 million, Politico said.
If you think healthcare is a right. You’ll be happy about this. If you think it makes sense to give free healthcare to people with no legal right to be here. You’ll be happy about this.
That leaves a whole lot of unhappy people.