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.
“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.
“Let me be clear. I will go to court to challenge [the GOP health care plan]). I will sue the Trump administration,” Schneiderman said..
The AG called the Senate GOP bill “disgusting”, “unjust” and “un-constitutional”
They singled out two provisions of the GOP health plan they charged with especially damaging.
One would bar the the state from imposing and collecting a tax on counties outside New York City that brings in $2.3 billion to help pay for Medicaid.
If enacted, that would force the state to wither Medicaid services or pick up the tab itself.
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“That’s just an old fashioned con game,” Cuomo said.
The second provision would bar federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Other speakers included Mayor de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
New York has cut its uninsured rate in half under ObamaCare by expanding the number of residents on Medicaid.
Numerous hospital officials and health care work union members who support ObamaCare and oppose GOP alternatives packed the event.