After President Trump's executive order on health care Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reacted to the measure.
In a news release Gov. Cuomo's office released the following:
"President Trump and ultraconservatives in Congress are continuing their reckless assault on our health care and going after our New York values. The President's Executive Order pulls the rug from under the Affordable Care Act, which helped New York expand access to affordable health care to millions of New Yorkers, and takes aim at essential health benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. And if the federal government were to move forward with the proposal to facilitate the unrestricted purchase of insurance across state lines, it would create a race to the bottom on consumer protections for New Yorkers.
"This is just the latest action that targets New York following Congress's failure to renew the Child Health Insurance Plan and the Health Centers Program, putting our children and the most vulnerable among us at risk to lose access to health care. In New York, we believe health care is a right, not a luxury. We have taken aggressive actions to ensure that whatever happens in Washington, essential health benefits will continue to be the rule in New York, not the exception, and we will continue to fight for quality and affordable health care for all New Yorkers."
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the following statement:
“Having failed to persuade a Republican Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump now appears to be trying to accomplish by executive fiat what he could not through Congress — treating New Yorkers as political pawns in his effort to sabotage the health care market.
“Let me be clear: if the Trump Administration takes any action that violates the law — or tramples on New Yorkers’ constitutional rights — we will take them to court.
“In the meantime, my office will continue to defend the vital ACA subsidies in federal court for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans who rely on the quality, affordable health care they provide.”