New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a surprise announcement Tuesday; effectively “guaranteeing” universal healthcare for “every single resident” living in the Big Apple that doesn’t have insurance.
“New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider,” writes NBC New York.
“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,” spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted.
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DE BLASIO DEFLECTS: NYC Mayor Blames Big Apple CHAOS on ‘Bad Luck’
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deflected fierce criticism of his administration’s handling of a mild November snowstorm Friday; blaming the total chaos on “bad luck” and unreliable weather reports.
The prominent Democrat was speaking with NY1 when he was asked to respond to furious residents after the normally congested evening commute took some locals 12 hours to travel just four or five miles.
“There are definitely some things we need to learn from this and things we need to do better,” admitted the mayor. “But it’s also important to note we got just about every form of bad luck we could have gotten yesterday. The weather service reports changed radically yesterday.”
“I can’t remember that happening previously in the middle of what seemed to be a normal day,” said de Blasio on the sudden closure of the George Washington Bridge during rush hour. “That really threw everything off. That had a horrible, extreme reaction on the entire city.”
Read the full story at the New York Post.
DE BLASIO'S DISASTER: NYC ENRAGED after Mild Storm Causes CHAOS, Calls for Mayor to Resign
Big Apple residents raged at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tepid response to a mild autumn snow storm Thursday night; with commuters sitting in gridlocked streets for up to 12 hours as roughly 3 to 6 inches of snow fell on the region.
Locals fumed at city officials Thursday evening and Friday morning while de Blasio feverishly deflected criticism; claiming “bad luck” and a series of poor weather forecasts threw the nation’s largest city into chaos.
“I’m tired, hungry, running out of gas and patience, I have to use the bathroom, I’m still stuck in traffic BUT I’m safe!” wrote a Democratic councilwoman on social media. “Only God to thank for that because of the HORRIBLE response to today’s snowstorm! This is beyond ridiculous and completely UNACCEPTABLE! Just terrible!”
I’m tired, hungry, running out of gas and patience, I have to use the bathroom, I’m still stuck in traffic BUT I’m safe! Only God to thank for that because of the HORRIBLE response to today’s snowstorm! This is beyond ridiculous and completely UNACCEPTABLE! Just terrible!
— Vanessa L. Gibson, MPA (@Vanessalgibson) November 16, 2018
“Somebody dropped the ball. No way a few inches of slush should bring the greatest city in the world to its knees,” added another council member.
Manhattan Port Authority last night pic.twitter.com/dL9hTy6UzY
— evan (@Theevanpt) November 16, 2018
Read the full report at the New York Post.