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

Kenny Tucker
January 9, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared, Tuesday, that the city will unveil a brand new "universal" health care program, footing the bill for all uninsured New York City residents, "regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status".

NYC Care, which will be launched in the Bronx borough in the summer of 2019, will expand across the entire city by 2021 and cost at least $100 million annually, according to a statement from the mayor's office.

The city will spend $100 million on the program, The New York Times reported.

"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.

The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.

The answer: Mayor de Blasio is not really proposing anything new; nor is he planning to expand services or care to anyone now ineligible. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover 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.

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
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Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".

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

There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added. "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said.

And we're doing that here in this city, ' de Blasio said. "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. And we're doing that here in this city".

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan.

Under de Blasio's program, 600,000 estimated uninsured residents will soon be insured.

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