Cuomo, de Blasio join forces to fight GOP health care bill

AG Schneiderman threatens to sue if bill passes; Cuomo solicits funds

July 17, 2017 - 5:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state's top Democrats are teaming up to fight the GOP health care bill.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie spoke out against the bill at a rally Monday before the plan was scuttled due to lack of Senate report. 

Cuomo and Schneiderman said the state will challenge the bill in court if it passes Congress. They said they can't stand by while Republicans in Washington vote to cut health care coverage and funding.   

De Blasio told the crowd that the decision to postpone a vote on the measure provides more time for opponents to organize.   

The Democrats warned the bill would take away vital Medicaid funding, restrict coverage of reproductive health programs and undermine the finances of local health care providers.

The State Democratic Party also on Monday issued the following fundraising appeal on Cuomo's behalf, trying to muster support for his effort to defeat Cong. Chris Collins, Cong. Tom Reed, and others.

Dear Friend: 

In just the past 6 weeks we've raised $1 million to #FightBack against the ultraconservative Republican health care bill and help flip the House to Democratic control.

It's essential we finish what we started, and we need your help to keep moving forward. 

The new Senate bill is just as bad - if not worse - than the House bill. It includes the Faso-Collins amendment that singles out New York for a $5 billion cut to essential health programs and a massive 26% tax hike for the middle class. 

Help us #FightBack and win at least 6 House seats here in NY by donating $6 today.

- Andrew 

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