NY mayor guarantees comprehensive healthcare to all

The Car Mayor takes his first ride in years alongside DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg

The Car Mayor takes his first ride in years alongside DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg

Ironically, in one of her final acts as public advocate, new state Attorney General Letitia James declared the de Blasio-controlled New York City Housing Authority the worst landlord of 2018.

His theme was Fairest Big City, and by fair, the mayor meant fair for the lower 99 percent.

McGahey said similar arguments were made against minimum wage increases adopted in New York City and elsewhere in recent years.

"There is plenty of money in this city, it's just in the wrong hands".

"And those things have not stopped us from having a booming economy, have they?"

The idea took inspiration from San Francisco's version of universal health care, Healthy San Francisco, enacted in 2007. Through both programs, New Yorkers will be able to access addiction services and opioid treatment, mental health counseling, and counseling services for trauma victims.

All services will be affordable on a sliding scale. The program, which is now in six districts, will be expanded to Washington Heights, the South Bronx, East New York, Staten Island, Bushwick and Soundview, serving 20,000 more children in the next school year.

"I don't think there's a passage in the Bible that says, deny health care to your neighbor because they're undocumented", he said.

The potential flood of new patients would be coming into the purview of a health care system that's spent years operating under a chronic shortage of primary care providers - a long-running challenge City & State documented last October.

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In the lead-up to his address, de Blasio introduced two new initiatives for his administration this year.

The Paid Personal Time proposal came one day after de Blasio announced a plan to provide health care for all city residents.

The legislation would require employers with five or more employees to offer 10 paid days off that could be used for any objective.

The mayor also proposed free vison tests and prescription eyeglasses to any kindergartner or first-grader who needs them.

The plan stalled three years ago due to federal rule changes, but the city is taking another stab at it now that OR got one up and running and Seattle is moving in that direction, city officials said.

"It is in the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence". City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that he will be the lead sponsor on the on the bill.

"It's been encouraging to see the mayor put his support behind a number of progressive plans to address the state of our city".

"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".

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, about 8 million New Yorkers now have health insurance, and the uninsured rate is about almost half of what it was in 2013. Currently, the following districts have 3K: District 4 (East Harlem), District 5 (Harlem), District 7 (South Bronx), District 16 (Bedford-Stuyvesant), District 23 (Brownsville), District 27 (Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Rockaways).

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