De Blasio announces health care coverage for all New Yorkers

Henrietta Strickland
January 8, 2019

In a statement to MSNBC, a spokesperson for the mayor clarified earlier reports indicating the plan will provide health insurance instead of care.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a surprise announcement Tuesday; effectively "guaranteeing" universal healthcare for "every single resident" living in the Big Apple that doesn't have insurance.

The initiative, dubbed NYC Care, will guarantee physical and mental health care for all 8.6 million people living in NY, de Blasio said at a press conference Tuesday at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

On Twitter, the Mayor wrote there would be an expansion to the public option and a new program called NYC Care. Health care is a human right. "And we're doing that here in this city", he told host Willie Geist. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".

The $100 million plan will roll out this year and expand over the next few years, de Blasio said.

"We'll put the money in to make it work; it's going to save us money down the line", he added.

Hizzoner was scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. where more information about the plan was expected.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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