De Blasio Announces Healthcare For All NYC Residents, Regardless Of Immigration Status

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

New York City on Tuesday launched a $100-million USA 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.

It will be fully available across all five boroughs in 2021 at an estimated cost of $100 million a year.

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.

'The Republicans in Washington have been trying to tear down health care, we're doing the opposite, ' de Blasio said. The city has spent lots of money trying to convince poor, often dysfunctional people to develop regular medical habits by signing up for Medicaid and getting a primary-care doctor. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right".

Every person participating in the plan, called "NYC Care", will be assigned a primary care doctor. "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", de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday. Aviles said that the city was renowned for its "significant innovations in expanding access to care for immigrants, including our financial assistance policies that provide deeply discounted fees for the uninsured, our comprehensive communications assistance for limited English proficiency patients, and our strictly enforced confidentiality policies that afford new immigrants a sense of security in accessing needed care".

'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care. New Yorkers can access the program via the city's website or by calling 311.

Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said. We want people to have primary care, specialty care.

De Blasio makes it sound as though illegal immigrants have not been able to get health care until now. "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said.

'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. By making people aware that they won't have to pay to see a doctor, or to pick up a prescription, the mayor expects to avert a huge cost.

The $100million plan would reach 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents who can't afford current insurance plans, and the "young invincibles" who don't think they need insurance.