Trump's Republican party has pushed to repeal the 2010 Obamacare program, which expanded health care to most uninsured Americans, while the liberal wing of the Democratic party has called for a federally funded, single-payer system, inspired by programs in Canada and many European countries.
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. "We are saying the word "guarantee" because we can make it happen". According to NBC New York, this coverage would include any NYC resident who doesn't qualify for Medicaid, including undocumented residents of the city. It will cover costs for medical, mental health and substance abuse issues, he adds.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious plan, dubbed the "most comprehensive plan in the nation", will serve some 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening the city's public health insurance option - MetroPlus.
Wait times to see a primary care doctor would be in line with the one to two weeks it now takes, officials said.
"That would be comparable to what Gavin Newsom has proposed", Calhoon said, " and it would be very exciting for NY to be in the lead on making sure that all adults have access".
The mayor promised that no tax increases are needed to fund the program; the $100 million will come from the city's existing budget, now about $90 billion.
"Here psychotherapy is a covered benefit, which was not the case in San Francisco", he said.
The programs will cost the city an estimated $100 million a year to operate. Recipients will pay for coverage on a sliding scale with those who can not pay at all receiving free 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.
President and CEO of the NYC Health + Hospitals Mitchell Katz said because it was a "comprehensive clinic" if someone needed hospital services, the city would help them get to another Health + Hospital facility. 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.
Correct. NYC already has a public option. To which the correct response is that if you thought health care was expensive now then wait and see what it costs when it's free. The 2019 legislative season kicks off Wednesday. There are roughly 600,000 residents without health insurance, half of them undocumented immigrants.