NYC Mayor Unveils "Health Care For All" Plan

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

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

In a historic move, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday revealed plans to provide guaranteed health care to every resident of the city - including people who are in the country illegally.

A day after proposing health care for all New Yorkers, Mayor de Blasio plans to introduce legislation Wednesday forcing private employers to provide two weeks of paid time off to their workers.

De Blasio, announcing the NYC Care initiative at Lincoln Hospital, said about 600,000 New Yorkers do not have any health care coverage at all.

De Blasio explained a day earlier that the plan, referred to as "NYC Care", will reach almost 600,000 New Yorkers and cost taxpayers at least $100 million.

The program is meant to reach an estimated 600,000 city residents now without health insurance.

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

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. "In this city we are going to make that a reality", De Blasio repeated at a press conference on the expansion Tuesday morning.

Correct. NYC already has a public option. "They need health care; their families need health care". "The emergency room truly should be the last resort".

The plan also rests on recent efforts to strengthen the shaky finances of the NYC Health + Hospitals system, which nevertheless "still faces substantial financial challenges", according to a forecast last month by the New York City Independent Budget Office. "You won't end up in a hospital bed if you actually get the care you need when the disease starts".

De Blasio's office credited the law, informally known as Obamacare, with bringing the number of uninsured Americans down to almost half of what it was in 2013.

NYC Care is set to launch later this year in the Bronx borough, becoming available across the entire city by 2021, according to a statement.

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just E.R.s) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", the mayor's spokesman, Eric Phillips, wrote on Twitter.

"New Yorkers need a break!" he declared, sarcastically dismissing concerns that the policy might have negative ramifications. "And we can get it to them".

"I have seen first- hand some of the disadvantages that our healthcare system deals to people who are of a different background than their provider, be it racially, culturally or economically".

The mayor's office insists the NYC Care program is not intended as a substitute for a universal health insurance plan that some Democratic state legislators are pushing for, or a national single-payer plan.

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