"We know that if people don't know they have a right to something, they're going to think it's not for them", de Blasio said.
The mayor's office insists the NYC Care program is not intended as a substitute for a universal health insurance plan that some Democratic state legislators are pushing for, or a national single-payer plan.
'This is one universal way to reach all those folks right now who are not covered'.
"As property taxes continue to rise at an unprecedented and unsustainable speed, impacting homeowners and renters alike, Mayor de Blasio continues to look for ways to spend their hard earned money by placing a heavier burden on the hardworking taxpayers of this city".
State Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat from Seattle, said he would sponsor legislation for a public option. The goal is to connect New Yorkers who can not afford coverage or are ineligible for health insurance, including undocumented New Yorkers, with a primary care doctor.
It's expected to take two years for NYC Care to be implemented. It will also ensure that those New Yorkers have access to NYC Health and Hospitals' physicians, pharmacies, and mental health and substance abuse services.
When asked why people should pay to insure undocumented immigrants, de Blasio answered: "You can pay me now or you can pay me later". We want people to have primary care, specialty care.
Otherwise, the city's estimate averages out to $160 per person in medical costs per year.
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"People from all over the country are going to flood into NY to get their free health care", Thiessen said, adding that he had advice for taxpayers in the country's largest city who will foot the bill.
'We want people to get health care when they need health care, ' he added. "We are doing just the opposite".
"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.
The premise is that it will be more cost-effective to give people regular medical care than to rely on hospital emergency rooms to treat serious health problems that could have been addressed at far less expense earlier. "They need health care; their families need health care".
'There are huge savings, humanly and economically, to getting it right. "We are going to solve our own problems".
The coalition noted that for NY, violent crimes in 2018 have decreased and are reportedly at an all-time low which contradicts the need to push for tighter bail restrictions.