New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) said that his administration would work out the finances for his health care for all plan after everyone had health care during a press conference on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, de Blasio announced that “New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status.”
During a press conference about his plan, a reporter asked de Blasio about the cost of the program, specifically the “sliding scale” factor and how it will be determined who gets health care for free and who has to pay.
“Again, what we’ll do in this session is give you the top lines. More details will come out in the course of the day,” de Blasio said before tossing the question to one of his advisers.
The adviser explained that the sliding scale “will slide to zero for people who don’t have resources. For people who have the ability to pay, we’ll be expecting that people pay what they can.”
The reporter pressed de Blasio on the question about how the city planned to determine what an individual could pay.
“We’re first getting people health care. I want to make sure that’s really, really clear,” de Blasio said. “First we’re getting you your health care. Then we’re working out the finances.”
It is estimated that de Blasio’s plan would cost at least $100 million.