Half the 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants - USA TODAY
USA Today - Wed 9 Jan 22:32 GMT

Half the 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants - USA TODAY

The comprehensive health care plan ceremoniously unveiled by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio draws skepticism from some voices in his city.

  CLOSE New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance including immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

  (Photo: Kathy Willens, AP) The comprehensive health care plan unveiled by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week drew applause from the Democrat's supporters but also skepticism from those in the city who question the value and cost of the effort.

  More: New York City to provide health care to all city residents More: House Democrats defend Obamacare as the courts weigh in "Clearly, the money that the mayor is assigning to this new initiative is intended for outreach, to convince people to go to the city’s already-burdened public clinics instead of waiting until they get sick enough to need an emergency room," Barron wrote.

  Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, said the plan will help his agency "give all New Yorkers the quality care they deserve.”

  State Sen. James Sanders Jr., who represents parts of Queens, said he looks forward "to seeing the Care NYC program grow and prosper as it helps to create a healthier New York.”