There are now about 600,000 New Yorkers who were not able to be covered under Obamacare, many of them younger people who do not think they need insurance, he added. "From this moment on in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care".
The de Blasio administration said Tuesday that all services will be "affordable on a sliding scale".
"We also have a way to provide direct health care to a lot of neighbors who happen to be undocumented - they're still part of our community, they need health care, their families need health care", de Blasio added.
Thank you @NYCMayor for your commitment to cover all NYC residents, including those who are undocumented; 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!
'NYC already has a public option, ' he tweeted. 'This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,00 undocumented New Yorkers'. He argued that preventative care and access to primary care doctors will cut down on emergency room visits. "NYC Care will provide a primary care doctor and will provide access to specialty care, prescription drugs, mental health services, hospitalization, and more". De Blasio aides told the NY Times that the NYC Care initiative is simply "something the city could do immediately and on its own". The city said last week that an ambitious goal of providing MetroCards to about 800,000 residents whose incomes are below the federal poverty line would start this month with cards for only about 30,000 people, or about four percent of the total. The mayor's office was quick to say their plan, to be called NYC Care, would not be a substitute for any universal health care at the state level or a national single-payer plan.
The NYC Care plan would improve that coverage, which already insures some 516,000 people, and aim to reach more of those who are eligible, such as the young and uninsured, and others who qualify but have not applied. "It is the most expensive way to get health care".
Previewing the plan on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, the mayor said it would cost about $100 million at full scale and ensure that all residents - including illegal immigrants - can see a doctor when they need to.
'To me that is the moral choice and a smart economic choice because we're not doing the insane thing which is making the emergency room the first place people turn to'. The plan will cover everyone regardless of ability pay or immigration status, according to a local news report.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it", De Blasio concluded.