Schneiderman plans to challenge republican health care bill

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 19, 2017

That's why I've made clear: "if this bill ever becomes law, I will challenge it in court, to protect the millions of New Yorkers whose health care is at stake", said Schneiderman.

Mr. Schneiderman said the GOP's healthcare plan "doesn't just threaten to make health insurance unaffordable", but also "threatens to gut funding for hospitals and for the people who make sure NY has some of the best healthcare in the world".

De Blasio, in a rare joint appearance with Cuomo, said it was "absolutely important" that those opposed to the plan stand "shoulder to shoulder" in voicing their concerns.

"If the ultra-conservatives insist on passing this plan.We're going to stand up with our attorney general and sue the federal government", Cuomo said during a health care rally at Mt. Sinai Medical Center on the Upper East Side. His office also expressed constitutional issues with Republicans' proposal to defund Planned Parenthood. All of the top Democrats on hand denounced the Trump administration's push to repeal and replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. He reserved particular derision for the Faso-Collins amendment, an addition to the Senate bill from upstate GOP Reps.

The amendment, which Faso and Collins hope will reduce local property taxes, would explicitly only apply in the state of NY and has not been a focus of the national conversation around the Congress' attempts to overturn Obamacare.

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Cuomo and Schneiderman made the pledge at a boisterous rally in Manhattan that also featured speeches from Mayor Bill de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

If the bill passes, Cuomo said the state of NY will sue the federal government for violating the rights of Americans. The mayor himself has repeatedly butted heads with the governor in the past and has seldom been seen at public events with him. The cuts would leave a multi-billion- dollar hole in the state budget, and affect New Yorkers who depend on the government to help with their health care. According to the New York Daily News, the governor already has raised about $1 million. "It means 20 percent of the state economy that is healthcare would be devastated if these cuts went through", Cuomo said.

A second draft of the Senate bill was unveiled last week.

Note- this article has been updated.

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