NY mayor guarantees comprehensive healthcare to all


Healthcare will be guaranteed for everyone who lives in NY, including undocumented immigrants, Bill de Blasio, the city's mayor, said this week as he announced a plan to cover more than half a million people who do not have insurance. Some Americans want to see the health initiative replicated nationwide. It will be fully available to all New Yorkers across the five boroughs in 2021.

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.

"Here in United States, we have fewer days off than anywhere else in the world - time that increases productivity and improves mental and physical health", said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas.

There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage. NYC Care will launch in summer 2019 and will roll out geographically, starting in the Bronx.

"If you work hard and you don't get a break that's not fair", said the Democratic mayor, who said more than 500,000 full-time and part-time workers in the city now have no paid vacation days or personal days.

Trump made reversing former president Barack Obama's health care law a key pledge of his campaign, and his Republican party successfully repealed in 2017 a key provision meant to keep overall costs down by ensuring healthy individuals bought insurance. City councilmembers, who'll have to hold hearings and write formal legislation in order to make the ideas reality seemed generally supportive.

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Providers ranging from primary doctors to pediatricians and obstetricians will be from the NYC Health + Hospitals system.

An employee would get an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked for up to 10 paid days off per year.

"I'm not aware of any other state or city that requires it", said Rick McGahey, an economist at the New School for Social Research who served as an assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Labor Department during the Clinton administration. Part-time workers would fall under a mandate allowing them to accrue paid time off at a guaranteed minimum rate.

Some took the announcements as a sign that de Blasio was preparing to announce his bid for the presidency.

Councilmember Jumaane Williams said he was optimistic about de Blasio's progressive tone.

Kim noted that a 2016 study commissioned by New York City comptroller's office found that 1.5 million city residents, or 58 percent of the city's private-sector workforce, were not covered by workplace retirement programs. "Well-connected developers should not be getting sweetheart deals on the taxpayers' dime".