New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, announced on Tuesday that the nation's most-populous city would begin to guarantee health care to every single resident, regardless of their immigration status or their ability to pay.
In an interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, de Blasio responded to critics by saying that the city will save so much money from people not choosing to go to the emergency room and that NYC Care will be sustainable without any tax increases or a massive increase to the debt burden.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a decision to lead the progressive charge on the health care front.
De Blasio said NYC Care would work on a "sliding scale" where "people will pay what they can" for care. "We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer. The plan is primarily targeting low-income and undocumented New Yorkers.
He also said that no new taxes would be issued to pay for the plan, noting that "we're going to pay for" this "through our public health care system because we're making it a priority".
'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted. "In this city we're going to make that a reality", De Blasio said during a press conference on Tuesday. Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two. He added that NY has a public health insurance option, MetroPlus, that the city aims to improve, expand and support through NYC Care. The goal is to connect New Yorkers who can not afford coverage or are ineligible for health insurance, including undocumented New Yorkers, with a primary care doctor.
NYC Care will launch in summer 2019 and will roll out gradually in different parts of the city, starting in the Bronx, according to the release.
He's also repeatedly spoken out against the dangers sanctuary cities pose to USA citizens when illegal immigrant criminals are protected. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.
De Blasio added, "Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down health care". He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits.
"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".
Adams called the mayor's move "a watershed moment" but also raised questions regarding the program's affordability, and how it will reshape NYC's existing health care system.
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