In yet another move for government to take over the roles social and religious institutions used to take in the order of things, New York City’s mayor, Bill DeBlasio, announced this week that the city will be paying for comprehensive care – not insurance – for those who do not qualify for the state’s Medicaid program, including illegal aliens living in the city.
ABC 7 reports NYC Care will guarantee health care for approval 600,000 people without health insurance in New York. The plan will is expected to ensure care to resident regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. According to Politico, the unprecedented program will cost an estimated $100 million. The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan.
Good luck with that, Bill.
The truth of the matter when it comes to healthcare, and when hospitals and other health-related institutions really were non-profits and about healing, those with indigent status were treated without comment. Other patients’ bills were padded just a little to help with the outlays, but there was no need for the state or any government entity to step in and pay for basic care. (Not the add-ons, but the basics.)
That is changing drastically as the adherents of the planks of communism, oops, democratic socialism attempt to remake the social vs. government landscape, eliminating the former to an extent, and augmenting the latter with tasks for which it is ill-equipped to actually handle.
This is why we see people like DeBlasio championing such moves where “health care” for 300,000 is going to cost $100 million. That’s $333 per person budgeted which will be exhausted with annual exams and tests at today’s prices.
de Blasio touted the plan in an interview with MSNBC Tuesday, noting it has “never been done in the country in a comprehensive way. “Health care isn’t just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice. And we’re doing that here in this city,” he told host Willie Geist.
“We’ll put the money in to make it work; it’s going to save us money down the line,” he added. “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.”
Sure it will. Just as soon as humans become paragons of virtue in the way they live.