De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio

New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Trump's Republican party has pushed to repeal the 2010 Obamacare program, which expanded health care to most uninsured Americans, while the liberal wing of the Democratic party has called for a federally funded, single-payer system, inspired by programs in Canada and many European countries.

And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said.

Proponents of a nationwide Medicare for All system were quick to applaud de Blasio's plan as a major victory for health justice and a significant step toward the establishment of a statewide single-payer system in NY. "In this city, we're gonna make that a reality", de Blasio said during a news conference. Rather, it involves bolstering MetroPlus for those who are eligible, and ensuring that those who can't sign up for insurance can use the city's public hospital and clinic program-NYC Health + Hospitals-for all their medical needs, including mental health and secondary services like pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and substance abuse treatment.

"We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right". "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference", de Blasio said.

It will be fully available across all five boroughs in 2021 at an estimated cost of $100 million a year.

"You name it. The things that people need will be available to them", he added. De Blasio aides told the NY Times that the NYC Care initiative is simply "something the city could do immediately and on its own". And we have now in New York City something that we can build on. Yes it should. Let me just make that clear at the outset. By making people aware that they won't have to pay to see a doctor, or to pick up a prescription, the mayor expects to avert a huge cost.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country.

De Blasio said the plan will offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale that is based on income. "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can".

'If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back-end when people get really sick, ' he said. It is the worst way to get health care.

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