NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday health care coverage for all New Yorkers

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday health care coverage for all New Yorkers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that all residents, regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay, will be guaranteed comprehensive health care.

De Blasio first touted NYC Care during an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"This has never been done before in this country, in this kind of comprehensive way".

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement.

The city plans to contribute $100 million in funding for NYC Care, which de Blasio described as "a really smart down payment on a lot of good things it'll yield later on".

In making the announcement on national television, Blasio appeared to be trying to heighten that contrast and thrust his efforts on behalf of undocumented New Yorkers into the national debate over immigration, hours before Mr. Trump was to go on television Tuesday night to make his case for a border wall. New York City already has a public health care option.

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"We're going to guarantee healthcare for New Yorkers who need it".

"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice". It provides no health coverage for residents traveling outside of the city, officials said at the news conference.

While we await the "details", I will suspend my disbelief other than to remark that (1) the price tag of $100 million seems a little light and (2) the "details" should anticipate the dynamic effects of the plan.

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New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers. "And we're doing that here in this city". When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care. It's going to save us money down the line'.

The mayor said all services will be affordable on a sliding scale for those who can pay something, and those who cannot afford it will receive care for free.

De Blasio said it will be paid for through the public health care system and he believes it will ultimately save money by preventing trips to the emergency room.

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'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. It is the worst way to get health care. Officials hope to get the program up and running within two years, and while they weren't able to project wait times for secondary physicians, they hope that participants won't have to wait more than a week or two to see a primary doctor.

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