The city's public hospitals already care for low-income New Yorkers, including those without legal immigration status, but too much of that care consists of expensive and inefficient emergency room visits, de Blasio said. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more", the press release noted.
New York City is a sanctuary city that defies US immigration enforcement laws, protects illegal immigrants from deportation, and limits local cooperation with federal enforcement officers.
"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email. There are roughly 600,000 residents without health insurance, half of them undocumented immigrants. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right". Early detection and treatment cuts health-care costs overall and saves hospitals money, she said. Right now, he explained, numerous city's uninsured put off medical attention when they need it because they assume they can't afford it.
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. 'If we treat people decently, it would be bad for the economy, ' they'll say.
Funding for the new program will require no tax hikes, the mayor said.
Mayor Bill De Blasio made the announcement on Tuesday, saying this has never been done in this kind of comprehensive way. 'This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'.
It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented.
All children in New York State already have access to health coverage.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said. "It's being treated in a language you can understand by people who actually care about your health and well-being". He said giving people the primary care they need and helping them avoid the emergency room will help the financial burden for patients.
"We are proposing to the state Legislature that we have a public option that is available throughout the state of Washington so that we can increase the ability to move forward on the road to universal health care in the state of Washington", said the governor, who is considering a run for president in 2020.
The NYC Care program launches in the summer of 2019.