Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing on Tuesday that New York City will introduce a new program aimed at providing “free” health care to all city residents including illegal immigrants.
A local news outlet reports the NYC Care will guarantee health care for approximately 600,000 people without heart insurance in New York. The plan is expected to promise care to residents regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status.
This unprecedented program will cost an estimate $100,000 million. The mayor does not plan to raise taxes to pay for it. Bill de Blasio is planning a press conference to announce his plans.
In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care.
“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 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers,” Eric Phillips, de Blasio’s press secretary, tweeted Tuesday morning.
Correct. NYC already has a public option. 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 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers. https://t.co/HfDYmWX1dE— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) January 8, 2019
The mayor talked about the plan in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday and said it has “never been done in the country in a comprehensive way. Health care isn’t just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice. And we’re doing that here in this city,” he told host Willie Geist.
“We’ll put the money in to make it work; it’s going to save us money down the line,” he added. “We’re already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care.”
Breaking news: Mayor tells @Morning_Joe & @WillieGeist that NYC will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every resident, regardless of someone’s ability pay or immigration status. There are 600k uninsured in New York City right now. pic.twitter.com/AIl1eMS2qd— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) January 8, 2019