New York Rolls Out Taxpayer-Funded Free Healthcare Plan for Illegal Immigrants
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio revels new 'care card' for illegals living in New York
New York has rolled out its plans to give taxpayer-funded free healthcare to illegal immigrants.
New York City's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that illegal aliens living in the Bronx will be the first to receive an “NYC care card” in August.
Those who receive the card will have access to free health coverage, courtesy of the city.
“You will hear some critics who say we can’t afford to give everyone healthcare,” de Blasio said as he announced the plan during a press conference at Lincoln Hospital.
“I have a simple answer. It’s not a problem of money from my point of view,” de Blasio argued.
"There’s plenty of money in this world, there’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands."
According to the New York Post, the giveaway is projected to cost taxpayers $100 million.
The mayor introduced the NYC Care card that will give some 300,000 immigrants and low-income New Yorkers free medical care.
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The card will give recipients access to a primary care doctor, prescriptions and other medical services.
Patients only have to prove that they’ve lived in the city for six months and are either uninsured or can’t afford a healthcare plan.
Bronx residents will be the first to get the cards this summer and then other New Yorkers can apply for the program over the following several months.
Public hospitals already provide free care by treating all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
“The idea here is to make it as user-friendly as it possibly can be,” de Blasio said.
“We’re saying, come get this card, we’re going to assign you a doctor, we’re going to show you all the services you can get with this,” he added.
The mayor said his number crunches are still determining how much the plan will save in emergency room costs.