NY announces US$100 million universal health care plan

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

De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to roll out a government funded plan to guarantee every New York City resident comprehensive healthcare, regardless of immigration status or one's ability to pay.

Instead, the city plans to expand its current MetroPlus public insurance plan while adding a new program called NYC Care.

When the reporter further pressed the mayor for an answer, de Blasio said, "We're first getting people health care".

De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, who started a mental health program, ThriveNYC, for city residents, praised NYC Care for increasing access to mental health services. The mayor and aides said those residents tend to be healthy young adults who think they do not need insurance, and others who can not afford insured offered through their jobs, or the Affordable Care Act.

"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.

The premise is that it will be more cost-effective to give people regular medical care than to rely on hospital emergency rooms to treat serious health problems that could have been addressed at far less expense earlier.

Eric Philips, de Blasio's press secretary, later clarified that the plan is not health insurance.

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.

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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".

I stand with @NYCMayor de Blasio today in declaring health care is a right for all, not a privilege for only those who can afford care. Nor was arithmetic presented to document how much the city would save on city-paid emergency and hospital care by making preventive care more accessible. It's going to be for the first time a guarantee of health care.

'We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors who are undocumented, they're still part of our community and they need health care'.

"Everyone wants employees to have a fair amount of vacation time, but one-size-fits-all government mandates tend to make it harder to hire, grow businesses and create jobs", said Michael Steel, a Republican operative who served as an aide to former House Speaker John Boehner.

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.

Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of the public hospital system, said the city will hire additional primary-care doctors to meet an expected growth in demand.

By 2021, all New Yorkers in the city's five boroughs will have access to free health care.

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