New York State leaders hold rally against GOP health care bill

New York Democratic leaders Monday said they would sue the federal government if Congress approves an overhaul to the Affordable Care Act now making its way through Washington.

“This bill isn’t simply unconscionable and unjust – it’s unconstitutional”.

He said restrictions on federal dollars to fund breast cancer screenings and STD tests, among other things, are also unconstitutional. 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.

Congressmen Chris Collins of western NY and John Faso of the Hudson Valley sought the provision in exchange for their support of the ACA repeal.

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

“This health plan put forth by this Congress will hurt the people of the state of NY, and I am going to do everything I can to fight this health plan”, Cuomo, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said at a rally in Manhattan. It would end $2.3 billion of annual federal Medicaid money that goes to NY in 2020 unless the state stops requiring upstate counties to contribute to the program. “And we will sue – because this is about New Yorkers’ health, their lives, and their basic rights”.

Andrew Cuomo says tourism in the North Country of NY is booming.

De Blasio, who is up for re-election this fall, made a rare appearance with Cuomo at the rally to rail against the health-care bill.

A vote on the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill is on hold while Sen.

If Republican senators are successful, they would still need to reconcile their bill with the House version, and then President Donald Trump would have to sign it into law.