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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on January 8 a health care plan to cover an estimated 600,000 residents, including undocumented residents.

De Blasio appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday morning to unveil his new plan to provide affordable medical care for all New Yorkers, regardless of their income or immigration status.

The liberal mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers who don't have insurance by strengthening NYC's public health insurance option, MetroPlus.

It would also provide direct city spending, about $100 million per year when fully implemented, on those without insurance, including undocumented immigrants, who already can receive care at the emergency rooms of city-run hospitals.

NYC Care will launch this summer and will roll out first in the Bronx. Meanwhile, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans to offer residents a public option which would be a step toward single-payer health care. To which the correct response is that if you thought health care was expensive now then wait and see what it costs when it's free. "Reforming our system also requires an emphasis on promoting preventative medicine, as well as reducing unnecessary visits to emergency rooms; these must be focus points for MetroPlus and the NYC Care program going forward".

Notably, the press release lacked many details on how the city will fund the plan and how much enrollees would have to pay. Recipients will pay for coverage on a sliding scale with those who can not pay at all receiving free care.

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De Blasio's office credited the law, informally known as Obamacare, with bringing the number of uninsured Americans down to almost half of what it was in 2013.

According to de Blasio many residents are uninsured, meaning they must resort to the emergency room for treatment and the city's money is not well spent for this reason. De Blasio aides told the NY Times that the NYC Care initiative is simply "something the city could do immediately and on its own". First we're getting you your health care.

Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) said he feared that the $100 million cost could rise as more New Yorkers decide to opt into the program in the future or if federal and state governments change the rates of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.

The mayor made the surprise announcement Tuesday during a news conference at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.

Providers ranging from primary doctors to pediatricians and obstetricians will be from the NYC Health + Hospitals system.

"If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back end when people get really sick".

When asked about the fairness of the program given the amount other New Yorkers' spend on health costs, De Blasio described paying for health care for those who can't afford it as a moral obligation.


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