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De Blasio appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday morning to unveil his new plan to provide affordable medical care for all New Yorkers, regardless of their income or immigration status.

The program, called NYC Care, will cover pediatrics, obstetrician-gynecologist or OB/GYN, geriatric, mental health and other services. The city's more than 600,000 uninsured residents, including its more than 300,000 undocumented residents, are included in this de Blasio guarantee.

[N] o one should have to live in fear. He said that the undocumented often go to the ER for many health issues, regardless of severity, because they will not be asked for health documentation.

De Blasio's announcement came the day after Gavin Newsom, the newly inaugurated Democratic governor of California, proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine.

De Blasio said the city will not need to raise taxes for the program, which he believes will save money as residents become healthier through its use. In this city, we're taking that ideal and putting it into practice.

While some have expressed concerns about the decision to pay for the care of undocumented residents, many couldn't move past the improbable math provided by the city in its explanation about how it will pay for the coverage.

The mayor said that all services will be affordable on a sliding scale for those who can pay something and those who cannot afford it will receive care for free.

Ahead of the first state legislative sessions of the year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his intentions to guarantee Paid Personal Time for all workers in the city. And because more people will get preventive care, the city might actually save money, he added. For there really isn't any magic wand to be waved over what health care does cost.

The news, however, came with a caveat; although overall deaths declined, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic increased past year, city officials noted last week.

"We are appalled by New York City Mayor de Blasio's explicit efforts to derail essential reforms to New York's bail and parole release systems and to reverse progress made toward the decarceration of New York's jails and prisons", the coalition said in a statement released Monday. Patients will be matched with a primary care physician and guaranteed an appointment within a week or two. "We're already paying an exorbitant amount to pay for health care the wrong way when what we should be doing is helping them get the primary care".

In addition, the San Francisco program required employers to pay for some of it, while New York City found a way around that, de Blasio pointed out. Eric Phillips, de Blasio's spokesman, claimed this program is for direct coverage. "We have a public option, that we're ready to make much bigger - a public health insurance option that can reach the hundreds of thousands that are, right now, not in any kind of health insurance".


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