De Blasio touts $100M plan to provide healthcare for all NYC residents

Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to "guarantee health care to all New Yorkers".

Previewing the plan on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, the mayor said it would cost about $100 million at full scale and ensure that all residents - including illegal immigrants - can see a doctor when they need to.

And now de Blasio plans to further embrace illegal immigrants by providing them with free health care on the taxpayers' dime.

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.

The program is available to anyone who does not have an affordable insurance option, de Blasio said. Bill de Blasio will hold a press conference announcing the details of the plan at 11 A.M. EST. 'This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'.

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. They will also be eligible for specialty care, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services.

The program is called NYC Care.

That will include undocumented people, regardless of immigration status, de Blasio said.

'We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors who are undocumented, they're still part of our community and they need health care'.

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget. Clearly, the money that the mayor is assigning to this new initiative is intended for outreach-to convince people to go to the city's already-burdened public clinics instead of waiting until they get sick enough to need an emergency room.

"You know the national reality, the Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down healthcare, trying to tear down the universality of health care coverage, get rid of Obamacare. For people who have the ability to pay, we'll be expecting that people pay what they can". "It is the most expensive way to get health care".

'There are huge savings, humanly and economically, to getting it right.

NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx this summer and be available in the other four boroughs in 2021, the release said. It's going to save us money down the line'.

Residents will be able to access the program via the city's website or calling the city of NY at 311.

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