New York City launches US$100 million universal health insurance program

Mayor Bill de Blasio is guaranteeing health coverage for every resident in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio is guaranteeing health coverage for every resident in New York City

Some 600,000 residents of New York City now without health insurance will be assigned a primary care physician and be given access to specialists under a plan announced on Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

MAYOR BILL De Blasio (second from right) announces a plan to offer low-cost or free health insurance to low-income New Yorkers.

During a news conference at a Bronx hospital that is part of the city's network of public hospitals and clinics, de Blasio said repeatedly that he would prefer a federal or state single-payer health care system.

NYC Care will start rolling out in coming months and will take more than two years to be fully implemented, de Blasio said.

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former president Barack Obama's health care law a key pledge of his campaign, and his Republican party successfully repealed in 2017 a key provision meant to keep overall costs down by ensuring healthy individuals bought insurance.

"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice", de Blasio tweeted. Lieberman said, "Access to health care is a right that should be available to everyone, regardless of income or immigration status".

"The programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers - regardless of their insurance - make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services", the mayor's office added in a press release. "A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that's your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference".

According to the Daily News, based on NYPD records, people on parole made up 19% of the city's 289 murders in 2018. As a result, they end up in the emergency room for complaints great and small, typically receiving care for a problem that's become much more serious during the wait.

The mayor does not plan on raises taxes to pay for the plan. But the $100 million number assumes either that not all $600,000 uninsured individuals will need medical care, or that medical care will be provided at far below market value.

"We want to flip the script", de Blasio said. The announcement makes NY the second USA city to attempt to provide health care to everyone living there, coming about a dozen years after San Francisco pioneered the idea with a more limited promise.

NYC Care was revealed shortly after newly-elected California Gov.

Unlike the MetroPlus plan, NYC Care is a program that leverages the city's hospital system. A city spokesman said, though, the new program is not health insurance, but the city paying for direct comprehensive care for patients, WNBC-TV reported. The new plan provides insurance for visits to doctors outside of hospitals. Participants will also get an NYC Care card with information on how to receive services.

I stand with @NYCMayor de Blasio today in declaring health care is a right for all, not a privilege for only those who can afford care.

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