Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Can NYC Improve Your Quality Of Life? Mayor De Blasio Thinks So

Can NYC Improve Your Quality Of Life? Mayor De Blasio Thinks So

The New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has come out with a plan that guarantees comprehensive healthcare for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.

Universal healthcare has become a rallying cry for liberal Democrats and an article of faith for numerous new representatives in Congress. Officials claimed that New York's scheme would be the most comprehensive free healthcare system in America.

"This forward-looking move by Mayor de Blasio is a positive step toward providing a secure retirement for New York City residents", said Hank Kim, executive director and counsel of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement System.

Councilman Steve Levin will introduce a bill establishing legal defense funds this week, Politico New York reported. However, about 600,000 New Yorkers remain without insurance because they do not or cannot enroll, according to City Hall.

Some critics called the mayor's proposal costly for businesses.

The mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening New York City's public health insurance option, MetroPlus, and guaranteeing anyone ineligible for insurance, including undocumented New Yorkers.

Those proposals, along with those for universal health care and guaranteed paid leave are still only that - proposals.

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For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. It is also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth.

Although the mayor is calling for legislation to be passed soon, he says the plan would be phased in over time.

Conservative organizations and groups that represent employers said the paid vacation mandate proposed in NY would hurt the city's economy. Since 2007, the for-profit school has paid NYC Health + Hospitals for the privilege of being the only worldwide medical school whose students do rotations in the city health care system.

The Department of Consumer Affairs will be renamed the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to help freelancers and contract workers get paid quicker while enforcing paid-sick-leave laws and worker vacation requirements.

Experts said that if the legislation passes, New York City will be the first jurisdiction in the 50 states to mandate paid vacation. "Enhanced coordination among city agencies will better protect tenants and prevent additional bureaucracy that negatively impacts the vast majority of property owners who comply with the law".

After a pair of major announcements earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday.

De Blasio said the city would also expand "3-K" (pre-K for 3-year-olds) to about a third of the city's school districts, legalize marijuana "the right way", and get Albany to fix the subways. "Well-connected developers should not be getting sweetheart deals on the taxpayers' dime".

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