New York City does not plan to raise taxes on residents to fund the new initiative, as de Blasio says the program and its costs will be phased in over the span of several years, USA Today reported. But the city already does that. "In this city, we're gonna make that a reality", de Blasio said during a news conference. "While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay".
Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, the program will target the 600,000 that now don't have insurance, he said.
Yet taxpayers are at risk for bigger bills: Programs like this are infamous for busting past projected costs. "They're still a part of our community, they need health care, their families need health 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.
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De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage.
Island Republican representatives slammed the mayor's plan, while others, welcomed it.
The efforts in liberal strongholds target President Donald Trump's push to roll back his predecessor's signature law and are moves toward universal health care as championed by some Democrats. First we're getting you your health care. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more".
All of New York City's uninsured-including illegal aliens-can go to city hospitals and receive treatment on demand.
Supporters of Inslee's plan didn't immediately reveal cost estimates for the proposal, but the governor said "we need to write another chapter of health care reform".
'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".
De Blasio said the city will make NYC Care "seamless" so that "people are encouraged to get the health care they actually need and never get to the point where they end up in the emergency room".
Not only will NY be a sanctuary city, Mayor de Blasio will now seek $100 million in new spending to provide full comprehensive healthcare for all, including its undocumented immigrants. He added that the program will be up and running this year and will be built out over the next few years.