New York State leaders hold rally against GOP health care bill

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

Eric Schneiderman (D) said his office has found "multiple constitutional defects" within the House and Senate repeal bills, including a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and another that would shift Medicaid costs from counties to the state in NY.

"Not only is this bill unconscionable, not only is this bill unjust, it is against the law", Schneiderman said.

The congressmen have said that their amendment reduces New York's highest-in-the-nation property taxes, which are collected by counties in part to fund the government health care program.

He says that includes the placement of unconstitutional conditions on federal dollars used for health care.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at an event at Mount Sinai Hospital on Monday.

"I'm running for re-election as governor of the state of NY and that's what I'm focused on and that's what I'm doing and that's what I wake up thinking about", he said in Schenectady last week. We won't stand for it.

The lawsuit would challenge the constitutionality of both bills.

Two million New Yorkers could lose their health care altogether. But the Senate vote is delayed because Sen. It will send us back to a time when New Yorkers were forced to choose between the care they need and feeding their families. "I applaud Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman for vowing to take this critical step if this bill becomes a reality".

"Rather than petulantly threatening to raise taxes on overburdened New Yorkers, Mr. Cuomo should instead cut waste in his own $160 billion budget", Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, Columbia County, said in a statement June 27.

"This is not a health-care bill".

"If (Gov.) Cuomo's national ambitions create a vacancy, people are looking to Eric as the next governor and want to be on the team early", said one insider.

NY has taken aggressive action to protect New Yorkers' access to quality, affordable health care, mandating that insurance companies can not discriminate against New Yorkers with preexisting conditions or based on age or gender; mandating that insurance policies cover all 10 essential benefits laid out in the Affordable Care Act; and banning all insurers who withdraw from offering Qualified Health Plans on the State Health Marketplace from future participation in the marketplace.

They singled out two provisions of the GOP health plan they charged with especially damaging.

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