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New York City’s New ‘Universal’ Health Care Plan, Explained

Bill de Blasio’s new “health care for all” plan targets the national fight over universal coverage and immigration. But what is the plan, exactly?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx on Tuesday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx on Tuesday.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

All New York City residents, regardless of immigration status, will be eligible for comprehensive health care starting this summer, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday morning.

“Health care is a human right,” said de Blasio at a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. “In this city we’re going to make that a reality.”