NY to sue federal government if GOP votes to overturn ObamaCare

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 19, 2017

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

New York State will sue the federal government if the Republican-led Congress and President Trump approve a law to overturn ObamaCare, Gov. Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday.

This isn't the first time Schneiderman has said he would challenge the bill in court. Earlier on Monday, New York's top elected Democrats rallied against Congressional Republicans' proposals Monday, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop them.

Schneiderman called the Republican health care proposals "unconstitutional" and accused Republican lawmakers of putting "ideology ahead of evidence".

New York State intends to sue the federal government should the Senate and House GOP healthcare plan be passed and signed into law. Defunding Planned Parenthood would "create an undue burden on women's fundamental constitutional right to reproductive health care, while placing unconstitutional conditions on federal dollars that fund vital services like breast cancer screenings, STD tests and more", Schneiderman said. Meanwhile, the Faso-Collins amendment represents a cynical ploy to meddle in New York's Medicaid funding system, requiring massive state tax increases to offset billions in lost federal funds.

Gov. Cuomo AG Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie greet each other at a rally Monday
Gov. Cuomo AG Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie greet each other at a rally Monday. Credit Gov. Cuomo's flickr page

"That's just an old fashioned con game", Cuomo said. But it has become a central flashpoint in NY as state officials balk at a provision that would cut $2.3 billion in federal funding if the state fails to pick up the Medicaid tab. "I will sue the Trump administration", Schneiderman said.

Monday's rally was purportedly the launch of a renewed push to defeat the unpopular Senate bill, which already seems to be on its last legs. Two million New Yorkers could lose their health care altogether.

The four Democrats also warned of threats to state hospitals should the Republican bill pass, with Heastie asserting that NY has the "greatest healthcare delivery system in the nation, and to punish us because we deliver the best healthcare is unconscionable".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate now will vote on a strict repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with a replacement coming after the 2018 elections.

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