NYC Mayor: City Will Guarantee Healthcare for All New Yorkers

Everyone in New York City is guaranteed the right to health care said Mayor Bill de Blasio

De Blasio said NYC Care would work on a "sliding scale" where "people will pay what they can" for care.

"This plan will give all of that directly to people who don't have it in the city", de Blasio said. For there really isn't any magic wand to be waved over what health care does cost.

The NYC Care program launches in the summer of 2019. Health care is a human right.

"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. Only New York City residents are eligible for NYC Care. "They need health care; their families need health care". 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. The city intends to set up a 24/7 help line to assist people with their after-hours needs as well. "It's knowing where you can go for care and feeling welcome when you go for care".




The plan isn't an individual insurance plan or a single-payer health program such as the Medicare for All plan touted by progressives.

The unprecedented city government plan is not considered "health insurance", but rather a city payment for direct comprehensive care, and Politico estimated the cost to be around $100 million. In this city we are going to make that a reality in this city we are taking that ideal and putting it into practice. But, aides said, it was something the city could do immediately and on its own, and not require approval from the State Legislature, which is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State. It also will improve the quality of the MetroPlus customer experience through improved access to clinical care, mental health services, and wellness rewards for healthy behavior.

De Blasio apparently anticipates that the "pay-what-you-want" option will yield some payment, and its not clear, from the numbers cited in Tuesday's press conference, that the city has considered what might happen if all 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers fail to pay anything for services rendered. "We as a country must get there, and New York City will lead the way", the mayor said in a statement ahead of Wednesday's announcement. The difference, said NYC Health and Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz, is in the coordination that these participants will receive to get quick access to a doctor instead of showing up to an emergency room or clinic to be checked out.

At first glance, the program seems similar to NYC Health and Hospitals' system of treating the uninsured. From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care-everyone.

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