De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a campaign against discrimination and harassment

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a campaign against discrimination and harassment

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will guarantee health care for New York City's 600,000 uninsured people, including undocumented immigrants.

Eric Phillips, the mayor's press secretary, said on Twitter NYC Care 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 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers".

"As this plan moves forward, my administration looks forward to answers on questions such as the details of the plan's financing, the impact on existing health care programs and the quality of care that will be offered within the public option", said Adams.

When asked where funding was coming from, de Blasio didn't have an answer.

Supporters of Inslee's plan didn't immediately reveal cost estimates for the proposal, but the governor said "we need to write another chapter of health care reform".

Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a plan that would require companies to offer their workers 10 days of vacation time off each year.

That means that those 600,000 New Yorkers' medical care would cost an average of just $167 per person, a laughably low estimate at the cost of a medical care visit.

De Blasio's announcement came after California's new Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined a similarly ambitious health care agenda for his state, aimed at offering more benefits to illegal immigrants and protecting the embattled Affordable Care Act.

"We are appalled by New York City Mayor de Blasio's explicit efforts to derail essential reforms to New York's bail and parole release systems and to reverse progress made toward the decarceration of New York's jails and prisons", the coalition said in a statement released Monday. The difference, said NYC Health and Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz, is in the coordination that these participants will receive to get quick access to a doctor instead of showing up to an emergency room or clinic to be checked out.

The NYC Care program will give people access to medical, pharmacy, mental health and substance abuse services.

The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like education and health care, and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration. "It's being treated in a language you can understand by people who actually care about your health and well-being".

"This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", Mayor de Blasio said on MSNBC. Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two. "You have a lot of savings over time by not having people get health care the wrong way".

State Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat from Seattle, said he would sponsor legislation for a public option. Only New York City residents are eligible for NYC Care.

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