Effects Of ACA Repeal Could Be Dire For NY

The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain in Washington, and there are several scenarios under consideration.   The latest possible changes could impact New York’s relatively healthy health care system. The good news is that the Affordable Care Act in New York is doing quite well, according to state officials. The health insurance exchanges are functioning, with 17 carriers offering plans in 2017. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, at a recent rally to preserve the ACA, said New York has built “one of the best health care exchanges in the country.”

New York’s AG Vows Court Action Against ACA Overhaul

New York’s top elected Democrats rallied against the Republican Congress’ proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, speaking Monday before a crowd of unionized health care workers at Mount Sinai Hospital, said if the plans to repeal and replace Obamacare in the GOP-led Senate and House do become law, he will sue on behalf of New Yorkers. “I’ve developed a bit of a reputation since January as the guy who sues Donald Trump and the federal government,” Schneiderman said to cheers. “Always on the merits, and boy, have we got a lot of merits on our side.” This is not the first time that Schneiderman has made the threat. The attorney general said after the House passed its version of the Obamacare repeal and replacement that court action was likely. Schneiderman said provisions in both the Senate and House plans to defund Planned Parenthood services “would create an undue burden” on women’s constitutional right to reproductive health care, including the right to choose abortion.


PA Senator Defends ACA Replacement In Town Hall

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — US Senator Pat Toomey’s live TV town hall got off to a raucous start Wednesday, with advocacy groups from across the state turning out to a Harrisburg TV studio to criticize the Republican for his support of the Senate GOP’s Affordable Care Act replacement bill.  Inside the studio, Toomey spent much of the hour-long event defending the bill, which he helped author. One of the biggest changes enacted under the Better Care Reconciliation Act would be states shouldering a greater burden of Medicaid costs–particularly for people who have been getting coverage under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act expansion. A number of governors from both parties–including Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, a Democrat–have come out against the plan for that reason: they say states can’t shoulder the cost. Toomey’s response? Neither can the federal government.


How They Voted On ACA Repeal And Replace: Southern Tier Edition

   The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Thursday. The count was 217 to 213.  As for the local Congressional delegation, here’s how they voted:  Yes Republican Tom Reed (NY-23rd) Republican Claudia Tenney (NY-22nd) Republican John Faso (NY-19) No Republican John Katko (NY-24).Interview highlights: On Congressman Reed: Bret Jaspers: He voted ‘Yes’ to this bill. That wasn’t much of a surprise because he’s close to the leadership of the House, he’s close to President Trump. Here’s what he told reporters earlier this week. Tom Reed: I do believe the language is protective of the pre-existing condition especially coming from New York State. And knowing what New York State will do when it comes to the ability to have health care regulations in place for our residents.