Half those 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants

The comprehensive health care plan ceremoniously unveiled by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week drew lots of applause from the Democrat's supporters but also is drawing skepticism from voices in his city who question the true value and cost of the effort.

De Blasio says NYC Care, starting in the Bronx and phased in across the city's five boroughs, will provide primary and specialty care from pediatric to geriatric to 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers. De Blasio estimated the annual cost at $100 million.

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can’t afford it, or can’t get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers," Eric Phillips, spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, boasted on Twitter.

State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican representing parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, immediately criticized the proposal as an example of de Blasio using city coffers "like his personal ATM."

"How about instead of giving free healthcare to 300,000 citizens of other countries, you lower property taxes for our senior citizens who are being forced to sell the homes they’ve lived in for decades because they can’t afford to pay your 44 percent increased in property taxes?" she said.

 Read more at USA Today

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