Malliotakis, Borelli hammer de Blasio on health care for all plan

January 08, 2019 - 2:27 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- So how's he gonna pay for this anyway?

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That's what Republicans want to know about Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to guarantee health care to all New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants. The program comes with a $100 million pricetag.

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The mayor's Tuesday morning announcement on MSNBC was met with skepticism by conservatives who wanted to know how the program would be funded.

Additional details were expected on Tuesday afternoon, but Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Councilman Joe Borelli weren't waiting to question the mayor's plan.

Borelli wanted to know how New Yorkers would foot the bill to provide care for 300,000 undocumented immigrants.

"Not only will New York be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants. Rest assured, NYC residents will be paying for this somehow," he tweeted.

Malliotakis wasn't pulling punches either. She accused the mayor of treating middle class New Yorkers as an ATM.

"He must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM," she wrote.

The plan will cover primary and specialty care including pediatricians, OBGYN, geriatric, and more. De Blasio says the city's public health insurance option provides a foundation to the plan which will provide care to some 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers.

The mayor told MSNBC that the city is already footing the bill for pricey emergency room visits.

"We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way," de Blasio said

De Blasio called health care a right, and said the city should focus on getting city residents primary care instead of covering ER trips.