NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio guarantees comprehensive health care to all residents

Leslie Hanson
January 8, 2019

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

"New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider", writes NBC New York.

The liberal mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers who don't have insurance by strengthening NYC's public health insurance option, MetroPlus.

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.

NYC Care will not offer free health care to all New Yorkers, but will provide a primary care doctor and access to specialty care priced on a sliding scale according to patients' income.

The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like health care and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration.

Besides primary care, NYC Care will include maternity care, mental health care and other health services. It will launch this summer and roll out geographically, starting in the Bronx.

"We're going to guarantee healthcare for New Yorkers who need it". "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".

The announcement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," comes as the newly Democrat-controlled state legislature in Albany is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State. Yes it should. Let me just make that clear at the outset. "For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can".

'The Republicans in Washington have been trying to tear down health care, we're doing the opposite, ' de Blasio said. We're going the opposite direction. "He 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.

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