Cuomo, De Blasio Criticize Health Care Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are both blasting House Republicans for passing a plan that repeals and replaces Obamacare.

"Ultraconservatives in Washington have pushed through the House an unconscionable piece of legislation that threatens to tear apart our health care system,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The House of Representatives approved the Republican health care plan by a narrow 217 to 213 margin.  The measure now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to face an even tougher challenge.

“People will go sick without getting the care they need.  People will go bankrupt.  Families will go bankrupt because they won’t be able to afford their healthcare and ultimately people will die,” de Blasio said.

Republicans said the plan would reduce deductibles and premiums.  Democrats called it a tax break for the rich.  Cuomo said 2.7 million New Yorkers would lose coverage if the Republican plan becomes law.

“Far from improving our health care, the Republican plan will strip millions of Americans of their coverage, raise costs for the sick, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions, and penalize progressive states that protect the rights of women,” Cuomo said.

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