Cuomo Threatens to Sue Over Collins' Healthcare Amendment

Collins: "Bring it on!"

Amherst, NY (WBEN/AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo says he would consider suing the federal government if they adopt a provision that would shift medicaid costs in New York from the county to the state.

The proposal would end a requirement that counties pay a share of Medicaid. It would only apply to New York state, and then only to counties outside of New York City.
   
On WBEN Friday morning Congressman Chris Collins, who sponsored the proposal, responded to the Governor's threat.

"Bring it on, Governor," Collins said. "He is putting a marker down that he does not stand with upstate New York. He is not concerned with the fact that the counties can't pay their pension costs and don't have any money left for infrastructure. We finally have called out the Governor."
   
Cuomo says the move would devastate health care for hundreds of thousands of people and force hospitals and clinics to close, leading to thousands of lost jobs.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul responded to Collins' comments. 

"He has a fundamental misunderstanding of how government is run," Hochul said of Collins. "That's what happens when you have a businessman who was rejected by the voters of Erie County. It's almost like he's trying to get revenge on the people who didn't support him when he wanted to be County Executive a second time."
   
Collins maintains that his proposal could reduce local property taxes by reducing the Medicaid burden on local counties. Cuomo insists that the loss of over $2 Billion would cause hospitals across the state to close.

Hear Collins and Hochul from Friday morning's show with Brian and Susan:

 

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