De Blasio says every resident in NYC will be guaranteed health care

De Blasio says every resident in NYC will be guaranteed health care

The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care.

Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor. It will launch this summer and roll out geographically, starting in the Bronx.

It will be fully available across all five boroughs in 2021 at an estimated cost of $100 million a year.

Details of how those seeking care could do so under the new plan were not immediately clear. The city already has a kind of public option for health insurance for low-income New Yorkers, through an insurance plan run by city hospitals and known as MetroPlus. There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage.

The program marks the Democratic mayor's effort to address the progressive priority of providing universal health-care coverage.

De Blasio says that when people know their health care is guaranteed it will change their behavior. He said the city will make sure the process is "seamless".

Those services will include OB/GYN care, mental health care, pediatric care and more, de Blasio said.

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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. "And we can get it to them". "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said.

'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach.

"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice. We are doing just the opposite".

"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". It's going to save us money down the line'. "We're going to get it to everyone".

"We're gonna work for those bigger changes", the mayor said. The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan. "He must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM".

De Blasio seems unfazed by the idea that this might be a very expensive boondoggle, of course. As a result, they end up in the emergency room for complaints great and small, typically receiving care for a problem that's become much more serious during the wait.

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

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