Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his annual State of the City address Thursday in Manhattan. Using publicly available data, the land access group 596 Acres mapped out 208 lots of city-owned land sold or pending sale for $1 to developers since the beginning of the de Blasio administration in 2014. The Washington Post reported that "the promise is aimed at 600,000 New Yorkers who lack insurance because they can't afford it, believe they don't need it, or can't get it because they are in the country illegally". It will enforce New York City laws including paid sick leave and will help workers like nannies and drivers get paid when their employers give them trouble.
The mayor said, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, eight million New Yorkers now have health insurance, adding that the uninsured rate is about almost half of what it was in 2013.
The plan will strengthen the city's existing public health insurance option, MetroPlus, and create a new program called NYC Care that guarantees those who are ineligible for insurance have access to services, including primary care and specialist doctors, pharmacies, mental health and substance abuse programs.
Trump made reversing former president Barack Obama's health care law a key pledge of his campaign, and his Republican party successfully repealed in 2017 a key provision meant to keep overall costs down by ensuring healthy individuals bought insurance.
All services will be affordable on a sliding scale. "Today we celebrate our city's relentless commitment to accessible, high-quality health care".
The mandate would have to be passed by the City Council, a process that could take several months.
The legislation would require employers with five or more employees to offer 10 paid days off that could be used for any objective. City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that he will be the lead sponsor on the on the bill.