At a packed auditorium at Mount Sinai Hospital Monday afternoon, four of the state's top elected Democrats united in a show of force to rally against a common enemy: the Republican-led U.S. Senate's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
"We're going to stand up with our attorney general, our lawyer for the state of NY, and we're going to sue the federal government", Cuomo said of the state's response if either version of the House or Senate Republican health care bills were signed into law.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman vowed on Monday to sue the federal government if Republican health care bills being weighed by Congress become law.
While pair rarely stand side by side in public - de Blasio was not present when Cuomo launched a campaign to unseat New York House Republicans over the health care bill - they had lunch together in the city around the end of the state legislative session, a source said.
Schneiderman, who called the whole bill "unconstitutional", went so far as to single out that provision and referred to Collins and Faso as "two people who supposedly represent NY". 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. And he said the Faso-Collins amendment, named for two Republican congressmen from NY, would unconstitutionally "meddle" in New York's Medicaid funding system. We won't stand for it.More news: Sanchez aims for Champions League, admits that rests in Arsenal's hands
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If passed, it would cut billions of dollars from New York's Medicaid program and includes a proposal by two members of New York's own congressional delegation, Representatives John Faso and Chris Collins, that seeks to eliminate $2.3 billion dollars in payments, forcing all New Yorkers to pay a "Faso-Collins Federal Tax".
Other speakers included Mayor de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Governor Cuomo has denounced the two as "reckless".
They singled out two provisions of the GOP health plan they charged with especially damaging.