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De Blasio has a plan

De Blasio has a plan

"New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers now using the ER as a primary provider", writes NBC New York. There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage. All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.

After his appearance on the program, his office clarified that the program won't technically be health insurance.

New York City will soon guarantee health care for all New Yorkers.

In a tweet, de Blasio said the plan will "ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room". It'll cost at least $100 million, according to the release.

Described by de Blasio as a bold healthcare initiative that "has never been done before in this country in this kind of comprehensive way", NYC Care would build upon the city's existing MetroPlus insurance system and spend an estimated $100 million per year to provide physical and mental health coverage, pediatric care, and other necessities to all residents.

De Blasio says that when people know their health care is guaranteed it will change their behavior.

Notably, NYC Care does not mean universal health insurance.

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It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in NY.

The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale".

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care. The panel concluded, in the words of a Newsday editorial, that "for patients, emphasis would be on primary care instead of hurried emergency-room sessions and days of hospitalization".

There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.

'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'. The mayor is trying to do what some of his predecessors attempted-shift patients away from the emergency room and into primary care, or clinics.

The mayor made the historic surprise announcement Tuesday during the MSNBC morning program Morning Joe. 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. We just have to keep working at it!