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NYC Mayor Announces Health Care Coverage For All New York City Residents

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Unveils Plan To Guarantee Health Care For All New Yorkers
Delores Daniels | 09 January, 2019, 00:42

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced plans to launch "the largest, most comprehensive plan in the nation" to guarantee health care coverage for all city residents, including those in the country illegally.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", de Blasio added Tuesday.

The $100million plan would reach 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents who can't afford current insurance plans, and the "young invincibles" who don't think they need insurance.

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.

De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".

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

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'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted.

De Blasio says that when people know their health care is guaranteed it will change their behavior.

The program is called NYC Care. They will also be eligible for specialty care, including pediatrics, OB-GYN, and mental health services. "And we're doing that here in this city". "In the last couple of years there's been tremendous focus, tremendous energy, pinpoint precision in Washington among Republicans trying to reduce the amount of health care people get".

"When this plan is fully implemented every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they're going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need".

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.

The program is available to anyone who does not have an affordable insurance option, de Blasio said.

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The mayor made the announcement during MSNBC morning program, 'Morning Joe'.

"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.

'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'. Today I'm announcing a plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

'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.

"Health care is a human right".

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