"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.
During his presser on Tuesday, de Blasio said he will continue to support statewide and national efforts to move toward single-payer, and characterized NYC Care as an immediate solution for hundreds of thousands of uninsured New York City residents.
The city plans to spend at least $100 million per year on the 600,000 or so who don't qualify for insurance or are in the country illegally can receive medical treatment, the New York Times reported. "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist. "We have a public option that we're ready to make much bigger".
"The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM", Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said (R-Staten Island).
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.
"I am thrilled beyond measure, we have worked so hard on Staten Island to find ways to get people insured and connected to health care regardless of immigration status because if people get sick and use the emergency room as their entry into healthcare, the costs escalate for everybody and people come late to care when they don't have the money to pay so people become sicker with more needs that places their lives in jeopardy and wi more financial challenges to an already overburdened healthcare system", Trioa said. "This has never been done in the country in a comprehensive way", de Blasio said on MSNBC.
The program, NYC Care, will launch this summer in the Bronx.
Another aspect of the plan, NYC Care, will guarantee insurance to New Yorkers regardless if they are ineligible for insurance or are undocumented. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. "That's the ideal, that what we need", de Blasio said.
De Blasio said it will be paid for through the public health care system and he believes it will ultimately save money by preventing trips to the emergency room.
'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. When you get people in front of a physician in a timely manner, when you avoid hospitalizations and intensive treatments, you cut out a staggering expense: Those savings are projected to help cover NYC Care.