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.
In making the announcement on national television, Mr.de Blasio appeared to be trying to heighten that contrast and thrust his efforts on behalf of undocumented New Yorkers into the national debate over immigration, hours before Mr. Trump was to go on television Tuesday night to make his case for a border wall.More news: NASA reveals reason behind Roscosmos head's cancelled visit
The $100 million plan, dubbed "NYC Care", is created to provide health insurance for the 600,000 New Yorkers who have either opted out of purchasing insurance, can not afford the premiums available on the state's health-care exchange, or are ineligible for coverage because they are not citizens of the United States.
De Blasio said it will be paid for through the public health care system and he believes it will ultimately save money by preventing trips to the emergency room. New York City already has a public health care option. "We recognize that obviously health care isn't just, in theory, a right; it's in practice a right".
When asked why New Yorkers should pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants or young invincibles, De Blasio said they already pay plenty when the community isn't healthy. It will launch this summer and roll out geographically, starting in the Bronx.More news: Suspect, 20, held over massive German politician data hack
"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 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted. "We want them to have primary care, we want them to have specialty care", De Blasio crowed in a press release, according to local media. What we're doing here in New York City? We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach. It's going to save us money down the line'. "The Mayor must stop abusing the middle class and treating us like his personal ATM". It is the worst way to get health care.
'Emergency rooms are the default health care provider for so many people in this country. He added that the program will be up and running this year and will be built out over the next few years.More news: Great win but India rue the ones that got away