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

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about his 2019-2021 budget proposal Thursday Dec. 13

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about his 2019-2021 budget proposal Thursday Dec. 13

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. Officials expect it will be two years before they can get the plan completely off the ground, but once it is, "Every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name, they'll have a place [to go], they'll have a card that will empower them to go whenever they need", de Blasio pledged.

De Blasio also said the city would not raise taxes to pay for the program and will use the city's public health care system to fund it. "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist. "We have to make it in practice a right".

After his appearance on the program, his office clarified that the program won't technically be health insurance.

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

"No one should have to live in fear".

There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added. Aviles said that the city was renowned for its "significant innovations in expanding access to care for immigrants, including our financial assistance policies that provide deeply discounted fees for the uninsured, our comprehensive communications assistance for limited English proficiency patients, and our strictly enforced confidentiality policies that afford new immigrants a sense of security in accessing needed care".

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

The NYC Care plan would improve that coverage, which already insures some 516,000 people, and aim to reach more of those who are eligible, such as the young and uninsured, and others who qualify but have not applied.

Another aspect of the plan, NYC Care, will guarantee insurance to New Yorkers regardless if they are ineligible for insurance or are undocumented. Primary and specialty care will be part of the city's health care offer, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, mental health and geriatric medical services. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". "It is the most expensive way to get health care".

'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'.

De Blasio first touted NYC Care during an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". We'll put the money in it to make it work.

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