Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
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De Blasio Says City Will ‘Guarantee Health Care For All New Yorkers’

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

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.

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.

"From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care", de Blasio said. "In this city we are going to make that a reality", De Blasio repeated at a press conference on the expansion Tuesday morning.

On Twitter, De Blasio wrote that there would be a public option and a new program called NYC Care.

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.

'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'. "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. The plan will cost "at least $100 million annually at full scale", the press release noted.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition applauded de Blasio's effort to provide healthcare to all New York City residents and argued that comprehensive coverage "must be extended to everyone in the state".

"There's a smoothing that occurs when you take a group of people who are getting very expensive care much later than they should, and that is a huge burden on the healthcare system", he explained.

'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.

'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. "Our citizens have a hard enough time covering their own healthcare costs and now Mayor de Blasio also wants them to pay for the healthcare of 300,000 citizens of other countries".

De Blasio said the plan will offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale that is based on income.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. He added that the program will be up and running this year and will be built out over the next few years.

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