The basic premise: The approximately 600,000 uninsured people now living in New York City will gain free or affordable access to primary and secondary providers, thanks to a strengthened public insurance plan (the existing MetroPlus) and a new program called NYC Care.
The mayor has styled himself, in his 2017 re-election campaign and during his second term, as a progressive leader on issues like health care and as a bulwark against the policies of President Trump, particularly on immigration.
[N] o one should have to live in fear. But while many liberal members of the Senate and Assembly say they favor an expansion of state-run health care, finding the money to pay for such a program would be challenging. An estimated 600,000 people in the city are not now covered by any healthcare plan.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state proposed a statewide public health insurance option available to anyone who is not covered by an employer.
ABC 7 reports NYC Care will guarantee health care for approval 600,000 people without health insurance in NY. 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.
But how to pay for it became the biggest question during de Blasio's announcement.
'We want to increase the amount of health care people can reach.
"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement. "The city has 4.5 million workers, public and private, this will affect half a million people".
De Blasio spoke about the plan on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," boasting that "this has never been done in the country in this kind of a comprehensive way".
There will be no tax hikes to fund NYC Care, which will be financed by the city's public health budget.
Wait times to see a primary care doctor would be in line with the one to two weeks it now takes, officials said. "It's the most expensive way to get health care". "We want a healthy society in every sense and here is a way to invest upfront to get it right".
'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'. "We know that if people don't know they have a right to something, they're going to think it's not for them", de Blasio said. "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".
'There are enormous savings, humanly and economically, to getting it right. "We are going to solve our own problems".
NYC Care will not be fully implemented until 2021. All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.