ABC News reports that de Blasio's new plan, NYC Care, isn't exactly a "universal health care" plan, but rather a "guarantee" that city will pay for preventative medical care for an estimated 600,000 who do not have insurance, but live within the boundaries of New York City.
It will also aim to provide the uninsured with a range of services, including primary-care physicians, mental health services and prescription drugs, through the network of hospitals and clinics run by the city Health and Hospitals Corp.
If DeBlasio's proposal is approved by the City Council, New York City would become the first and only American city to require paid vacation for workers.
"More than 500,000 hard-working men and women should earn paid personal time when they contribute to the success of their companies", de Blasio said in an email.
"Health care is a human right".
The premise is that it will be more cost-effective to give people regular medical care than to rely on hospital emergency rooms to treat serious health problems that could have been addressed at far less expense earlier. "By putting workers first, New York City's economy has never been stronger".
As to why undocumented residents were included in the program, "I'm here to tell you everyone needs coverage, everyone needs a place to turn", said de Blasio. "If John or Jane Doe is sick, now they know exactly where to go".
Adams called the mayor's move "a watershed moment" but also raised questions regarding the program's affordability, and how it will reshape NYC's existing health care system. The recently re-elected Democratic mayor of the country's largest city announced on MSNBC Tuesday the government will pay for any and all resident's comprehensive care, including those who aren't eligible to receive comprehensive Medicaid coverage.
NYC Care will start rolling out in coming months and will take more than two years to be fully implemented, de Blasio said. We want people to have primary care, specialty care. "They need health care; their families need health care". 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.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", de Blasio said in a statement. "You have a lot of savings over time by not having people get health care the wrong way". However, de Blasio believes it will ultimately save the city money by drastically reducing residents' trips to the emergency room.
'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted.
NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx this summer and be available in the other four boroughs in 2021, the release said.