Mayor Bill de Blasio announces healthcare plan for NYC uninsured

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared, Tuesday, that the city will unveil a brand new "universal" health care program, footing the bill for all uninsured New York City residents, "regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status".

The mayor added that participants will also be told how to get care from a specialist, such as an obstetrician/gynaecologist or mental health provider.

"You might say 'is this something that ideally should be handled in Washington D.C. or in Albany?' Yes, it should", De Blasio said.

"Health care isn't just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice", de Blasio tweeted.

"I refuse the notion that these folks don't deserve health care", de Blasio, a Democrat, said of undocumented immigrants.

"To be the fairest big city in America, New Yorkers can't be forced to choose between bringing home a paycheck and taking time off to just disconnect or spend time with loved ones - that choice ends with Paid Personal Time".

'We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of our neighbors who are undocumented, they're still part of our community and they need health care'.

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Speaking on national television Tuesday morning, the mayor unveiled the proposed NYC Care program, to reach those who now lack health coverage, including some 300,000 undocumented immigrants.

"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", de Blasio's office claimed in a release.

The news, however, came with a caveat; although overall deaths declined, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased past year, city officials noted last week. But de Blasio stated that NYC Care will cut down on overall health care expenditure by covering those New Yorkers who can not afford health insurance and often end up in the emergency room.

Bill de Blasio at a press conference announcing NYC Care. However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has chose to lead the progressive charge on the health care front.

NYC Care is set to launch later this year in the Bronx borough, becoming available across the entire city by 2021, according to a statement.

Correct. NYC already has a public option.

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".

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