Republicans target New York state in health care bill

Republicans shift NY Medicaid tab Dems call'Buffalo Bribe

The changes would prevent the State of NY from forcing county governments to pay for a portion of the state's share of Medicaid.

Governor Andrew Cuomo accused two New York Republicans in the U.S. House of selling out their constituents and risking the state's economy with a plan to win votes for a bill to replace Obamacare by exempting most counties from paying for Medicaid.

Cuomo said he'll call on members of the state's delegation to kill the Collins amendment.

NY is one of several states that has local governments contribute toward Medicaid but is being singled out in the proposed change.

Overall, New York's Medicaid system is the largest in the nation at $60 billion when local and federal costs are included, and it provides health insurance to more than 5 million New Yorkers.

In addition to the provision for upstate NY and Long Island, the House GOP bill would curtail federal support for health care in all states. Tom Reed of Corning, Claudia Tenney of New Hartford and Elise Stefanik of Willsboro also jointly expressed their support. "This is why local officials continue to support this approach that would help reduce property taxes for hard working North Country families".

He said small- to medium-sized upstate counties can see Medicaid be upwards of 50 percent of the tax levy.

Faso and Collins contend that the state can find bloat elsewhere in it budget to trim to make up for the $2.3 billion that their provision would cost the state beginning in 2020. Hoban received figures from the legislative Fiscal Research Division that show the average cost to the state for each child covered is around $250 per month, while spending on ABD (aged, blind and disabled) recipients averages around $1,400 per month. County officials have long complained the state unfairly burdens them with a share of the almost $60 billion health care program for the poor and disabled.

The amendment is supported by U.S. Reps.

Cuomo, continuing his criticism of the amendemnt, said in a press release late Thursday that Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., in remarks to the House Rules Committee, said the proposed amendment is "an unconstitional violation of equal sovereignty enjoyed by states".

Slaughter said she strongly opposes Collins' "backroom deal", calling it a "gimmick and nothing more than pure political cover for wavering New York Republicans that know the Republican health care plan would devastate our state, especially upstate rural areas".

This week's episode of "New York Now", the award-winning co-production of WMHT and the Times Union, delves into this week's arraignments of Sen. Any tax increase flies in the face of New York's success in reducing spending and taxes to record lows. In exchange, counties outside the city would give up 1.2 percentage points of the sales tax they now receive, allowing the state to use this revenue to fill the hole in Medicaid.

"This is the ultimate of government consolidation if you will", Faso said on WGDJ-AM (1300) in Albany. County leaders across the state have lined up behind the Medicaid mandate-relief plan.

This is probably why John Flanagan, the Republican Senate Majority Leader from Long Island, told Spectrum News he has "a certain amount of skepticism" about the amendment, even though it was in theory written specifically to please Republicans from NY. Would they go after sales taxes? "It's all the same taxpayers".

Both the President and House Speaker Paul Ryan need to pass this health bill to keep a promise and to move on to other high priority items like tax reform.

Faso said the counties in the 19th Congressional District, which he represents, paid more than $224 million in property taxes to support the Medicaid program in 2015.

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