“Under NYC Care, 600,000 New Yorkers, including our undocumented brothers and sisters, will have access to healthcare,” declared Winnie Wong, founder of the advocacy group People for Bernie. “This is huge step in the right direction and it clears a path toward statewide single-payer.”
“This is a big step in the right direction—but healthcare is still a human right, and must be extended to everyone in the state!”
—New York Immigration Coalition
Described by de Blasio as a bold healthcare initiative that “has never been done before in this country in this kind of comprehensive way,” NYC Care would build upon the city’s existing MetroPlus insurance system and spend an estimated $100 million per year to provide physical and mental health coverage, pediatric care, and other necessities to all residents.
While NYC Care will not provide free coverage to everyone in the city, the program will be priced on a sliding scale according to individuals’ ability to pay.
“When this plan is fully implemented, every New Yorker who needs a doctor will have an actual doctor with a name and a place, they’re going to have a card that will empower them to go to that doctor whenever they need,” de Blasio said during Tuesday’s press conference. “A primary care doctor, an actual person that you can turn to that’s your doctor, and the specialty services that will make all the difference. You name it. The things that people need will be available to them.”
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction