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

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

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.

"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice, and we're doing that here in this city", the Democratic mayor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

The liberal mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers who don't have insurance by strengthening NYC's public health insurance option, MetroPlus.

Eric Philips, de Blasio's press secretary, later clarified that the plan is not health insurance. "While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay".

In a tweet on Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition applauded de Blasio's effort to provide healthcare to all New York City residents and argued that comprehensive coverage "must be extended to everyone in the state".

But it's unclear how the program will be funded, and Republicans swiftly objected to using taxpayer dollars to pay for health care for those in the country illegally. The mayor's office was quick to say their plan, to be called NYC Care, would not be a substitute for any universal health care at the state level or a national single-payer plan.

The program, NYC Care, will launch this summer in the Bronx. 'This 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 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'.

How about the Mayor of New York City take care of the people that was born here, like the ones that are sleeping on our streets. "It is the worst way to get health care".

"This is a big step in the right direction-but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!" The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".

The NYC Care plan would improve that coverage, which already insures some 516,000 people, and aim to reach more of those who are eligible, such as the young and uninsured, and others who qualify but have not applied. Mayor de Blasio is an expert at unveiling cloud-castles and proclaiming himself a master builder.

Health care, De Blasio announced, is now a "right" for anyone who gets sick in NYC. "We want them to have primary care, we want them to have specialty care", De Blasio crowed in a press release, according to local media. "Then we're working out the finances".

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