Cuomo, Schneiderman issue statements on health care executive order
Oct 14 2017 by Desiree Burns
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers-not to mention millions of Americans-rely on these subsidies, and now, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing the Trump administration in an effort to block the White House from spiking them.
In May, Schneiderman and California attorney general Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 18 attorneys general, moved to intervene in House v. Price in order to protect millions of Americans' access to affordable health care.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra - joined by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Kentucky, and MA - told reporters that they would be filing a new lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, that accuses the Trump administration of violating the sections of the Affordable Care Act that require the subsidies, as well as other federal law.
"This is a reckless and cruel decision", Schneiderman said of Trump's decision. "Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped". The Obama administration appealed and continued making the payments, which cost an estimated $7 billion per year. "It's past time President Trump learned he doesn't get to pick and choose which laws he'll follow and which bills he'll pay".
The Essential Plan covers residents whose income is just above the eligibility level for Medicaid; the federal funding, which went to NY rather than the insurance companies, was based on what the value of their cost-sharing reductions would be.
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"Undermining the Affordable Care Act has been Donald Trump's and many Republicans' plans for a long time", Becerra said.
He wrote "ObamaCare is a broken mess". In New York, we believe health care is a right, not a luxury.
In a statement confirming the administration's plans to drop cost sharing subsidies, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the CSR payments "the bailout of insurance companies through unlawful payments".
In statements, California Democratic Sens. The subsidies were a major component of the Affordable Care Act, and the order is an obvious move by the President to undermine the nation's health insurance law, following the Republican-controlled Congress's repeated failures to repeal "Obamacare". If Trump is successful, insurance premiums could increase 15 to 20 percent, Becerra estimated.