New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will be launching a plan to guarantee health care coverage for all residents, which includes illegal immigrants living in the city. Bill de Blasio will hold a press conference announcing the details of the plan at 11 A.M. EST. "We can make it happen".
Eric Philips, de Blasio's press secretary, later clarified that the plan is not health insurance. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care". The program is available to anyone who does not have an affordable insurance option, de Blasio said.
The city plans to contribute $100 million in funding for NYC Care, which de Blasio described as "a really smart down payment on a lot of good things it'll yield later on". That program, NYC Care, will launch this summer and will cost at least $100 million annually at full scale, the city said.
"No one should have to live in fear", the mayor said. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care".
Health-care coverage has become a deeply partisan issue in the United States, with Trump's Republican party pushing to repeal the 2010 Obamacare law while the liberal wing of the Democratic party has taken up calls to adopt a federally funded single-payer system that would cover all Americans. "This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio told MSNBC.
"Under NYC Care, 600,000 New Yorkers, including our undocumented brothers and sisters, will have access to healthcare", declared Winnie Wong, founder of the advocacy group People for Bernie. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".
'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'. "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference".
De Blasio said that when the program is fully implemented it will be the most comprehensive health care system in the country. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room.
The state's similarly liberal governor, Andrew Cuomo, previously spoke about health-care-for-all prior to being elected to a third term past year.
'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. Finding them homes, health care, food etc. help them first. We just have to keep working at it!