NY vows lawsuit over Obamacare repeal

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Eric Schneiderman (D) said his office has found "multiple constitutional defects" within the House and Senate repeal bills, including a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and another that would shift Medicaid costs from counties to the state in NY.

"This bill isn't simply unconscionable and unjust - it's unconstitutional. That's why I've made clear: if this bill ever becomes law, I will challenge it in court, to protect the millions of New Yorkers whose health care is at stake", Schneiderman said. The cuts would leave a multi-billion-dollar hole in the state budget, and affect New Yorkers who depend on the government to help with their health care.

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

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. It would end $2.3 billion of annual federal aid to counties to pay for Medicaid, and instead require that the state of NY fund the programs instead.

"This health plan put forth by this Congress will hurt the people of the State of NY and I'm going to do everything i can to fight this plan", Governor Cuomo said. "And we will sue - because this is about New Yorkers' health, their lives, and their basic rights". They have fought over a series of policy issues since the mayor took office in 2014.

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"This is not a health-care bill. This is a wealth-care bill", de Blasio said.

Republicans in NY have pushed back against Cuomo's criticism, saying NY should pick up the cost shift from the counties to the state.

Alleviating the counties' share of Medicaid would result in lower property taxes, they have urged.

"That's just an old fashioned con game", Cuomo said.

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