De Blasio Says City Will ‘Guarantee Health Care For All New Yorkers’

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan to provide all New York City residents with health care coverage.

The mayor made the historic surprise announcement Tuesday during the MSNBC morning program Morning Joe.

"This has never been done before in this country in this kind of way", de Blasio said.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States. The city's more than 600,000 uninsured residents, including its more than 300,000 undocumented residents, are included in this de Blasio guarantee.

When the reporter further pressed the mayor for an answer, de Blasio said, "We're first getting people health care".

The health care programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers "make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services", the news release said.

'Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice.

'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'.

De Blasio says that when people know their health care is guaranteed it will change their behavior. "We have now, in New York City, something that we can build on".

According to Bloomberg, NYC Care will begin in the Bronx this year, and is expected to be available to all New Yorkers in 2021.

'The Republicans in Washington have been trying to tear down health care, we're doing the opposite, ' de Blasio said. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. I want to make sure that's really, really clear. We're going the opposite direction. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said.

The city's hospital system has been under severe financial strain and running deficits for years.

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