He said despite efforts to fully implement Obamacare, there are 600,000 city residents who lack insurance, including undocumented persons who can not access federal benefits.
The project is expected to cost at least US$100 million a year when it achieves its full scale.
The initiative would help provide primary and specialty care for the city's uninsured residents, according to de Blasio. And if health care insurance did cost $166 per person per year then it wouldn't be a problem, would it?
The city plans to begin improving MetroPlus now, and to expand access for ineligible New Yorkers starting this summer. In this city we are going to make that a reality in this city we are taking that ideal and putting it into practice.
'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted. But, aides said, it was something the city could do immediately and on its own, and not require approval from the State Legislature, which is weighing some form of universal health insurance for New York State. "New Yorkers who can't enroll in or afford health insurance will now be able to access comprehensive, patient-centered services through NYC Care. It would protect them from having to choose between losing pay and going to their kid's graduation or the funeral of a loved one", Sonn said.
Also, the city will use NYC Care to connect New Yorkers who are not eligible for health insurance, especially the undocumented or those who can't afford coverage, to health care.
De Blasio seems unfazed by the idea that this might be a very expensive boondoggle, of course.
Thiessen said the same claim was made after ObamaCare was passed, however, emergency room visits did not decline as predicted but instead increased. First we're getting you your health care.
"New Yorkers need a break!" he declared, sarcastically dismissing concerns that the policy might have negative ramifications.
The Immigration Coalition has proposed allocating funds in the state budget to create an Essential Plan to cover everyone up to 200 percent of the poverty level, also regardless of immigration status. "Let's say they're having an after-hours issue and need understanding about where to get a prescription filled".
"I have seen first- hand some of the disadvantages that our healthcare system deals to people who are of a different background than their provider, be it racially, culturally or economically".
The progressive mayor stated that he believes NYC Care will act as a springboard for the rest of the country to follow suit and ultimately implement a nationwide universal health care program.