De Blasio says every resident in NYC will be guaranteed health care

Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx New York

New York City on Tuesday launched a $100-million U.S. health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and people living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"Through our own public option and a new program called NYC Care, we'll ensure the first stop for people isn't the emergency room", the NYC mayor tweeted Tuesday morning after the surprising announcement on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

The option will also provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants, said de Blasio, because they are still part of the community.

"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.

And now de Blasio plans to further embrace illegal immigrants by providing them with free health care on the taxpayers' dime.

Mayor Bill de Blasio cited his "socialistic impulse" in describing an ideal world where New York City government has control over all land and building development in his city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces NYC Care
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces NYC Care at the Lincoln Hospital in New York on Jan. 8 2019

'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'. He said the city will make sure the process is "seamless".

"You name it. The things that people need will be available to them", he added.

The recently re-elected Democratic mayor of the country's largest city announced on MSNBC Tuesday the government will pay for any and all resident's comprehensive care, including those who aren't eligible to receive comprehensive Medicaid coverage.

NYC Care, which will be launched in the Bronx borough in the summer of 2019, will expand across the entire city by 2021 and cost at least $100 million annually, according to a statement from the mayor's office. "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist. I want to make sure that's really, really clear. The emergency room is the worst way to get health care, it's the most expensive way to get health care, ' he said. We're getting health care to a lot of people who've never had it before.

De Blasio said the plan will offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale that is based on income. Officials hope to get the program up and running within two years, and while they weren't able to project wait times for secondary physicians, they hope that participants won't have to wait more than a week or two to see a primary doctor.

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