De Blasio 'Guarantees Healthcare' for all 600,000 Uninsured New Yorkers

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

Claudia Calhoon, senior director of immigrant integration policy for the New York Immigration Coalition, said the program will include primary, preventive and specialty care and behavioral health services through New York City Health and Hospitals, the nation's largest public health-care system.

Thiessen said that de Blasio claimed his plan will only cost the city $100 million in funds without increasing taxes, but doubted that would play out as the 57-year-old from Park Slope, Brooklyn predicted. By extending it to an estimated 300,000 city residents who are illegal immigrants, it is a thumb in the eye of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made a migrant crack-down a top priority. That's the ideal. That's what we need.

The program will roll out geographically and start out in the Bronx.

'Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice.

It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.

The mayor's office was quick to say that its plan, to be called NYC Care, would not be a substitute for any universal health care at the state level or a national single-payer plan. "You have a lot of savings over time by not having people get health care the wrong way". "For those who can't afford anything, care will be for free", de Blasio said. "Our city's businesses will benefit from a more productive, healthier workforce. It would protect them from having to choose between losing pay and going to their kid's graduation or the funeral of a loved one", Sonn said.

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He also said the plan was unfair to city employees as the city is trying to save on health care costs.

"For those who can afford something, they'll pay on a sliding scale".

The New York Times reported that de Blasio's announcements come as the New York state legislature, which is now controlled by Democrats, begins examining its own statewide universal healthcare system.

Participants of the program will have access to a comprehensive set of medical services including making appointments with general practitioners and specialists, prescriptions, mental health services, substance abuse services, among others, according to the mayor. "With NYC Care, the citizens of this great city can finally exercise that right".

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care.

"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 during Tuesday's press conference. "It's being treated in a language you can understand by people who actually care about your health and well-being".

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