"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 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning.
The program, NYC Care, will launch this summer in the Bronx.
The unprecedented city government plan is not considered "health insurance", but rather a city payment for direct comprehensive care, and Politico estimated the cost to be around $100 million.
De Blasio also said the city would not raise taxes to pay for the program and will use the city's public health care system to fund it.
'We have now, in New York City, a public health insurance option we're ready to make much bigger that can reach the hundreds of thousands that are right now not in any kind of health insurance'. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care.
"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice".
Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system. That's fine, as far as it goes, but as a transformative, revolutionary program, it resembles telling people to call the Housing Authority if they need an apartment and then pretending that the housing crisis has been solved.
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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.
Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said.
New York City is a sanctuary city that defies USA immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers.
"This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio said on MSNBC. "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. His "health care for all" effort seems little different. Trying to water down Obamacare and debilitate it. Lots of time and energy has been put into taking away health care from tens of millions of people.
The mayor said all services would be affordable on a sliding scale for those who are able to pay a portion of the costs, while those who can not afford to pay will receive care for free.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday.