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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has affirmed that every city resident will have access to comprehensive health care, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to "guarantee health care to all New Yorkers".

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care.

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 said last week that an ambitious goal of providing MetroCards to about 800,000 residents whose incomes are below the federal poverty line would start this month with cards for only about 30,000 people, or about four percent of the total.

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

New York City's bold new healthcare program will be the biggest and most comprehensive health coverage program in the country.

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".

Indeed, NYC Care would be a mix of insurance and direct spending.

De Blasio's announcement came the day after Gavin Newsom, the newly inaugurated Democratic governor of California, proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine. Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two.

The Democrat said his program would introduce NYC Care, a system that allows anyone to receive primary care, specialty care, prescription drugs and other services at city health clinics, hospitals and 70 other locations.

He told the news conference that he would love to see a single-payer health care system enacted by Congress or by NY state lawmakers, but "our people need health care right now".

The mayor portrayed this guarantee of health care as a sequel to insurance gains the city has made through the ACA.

"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill.

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.

It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented. "All New Yorkers should have access to this kind of high-quality care. And we can get it to them". "The city has 4.5 million workers, public and private, this will affect half a million people".

Island Republican representatives slammed the mayor's plan, while others, welcomed it.