The GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act, The American Health Care Act, "will slug the Upstate economy right in the gut," according U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer who held an urgent press call today (Wednesday) in an 11th hour attempt to get members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote no to the new plan on Thursday.

"It’s bad medicine," Schumer said on Wednesday afternoon. 

If enacted, TrumpCare could leave millions of New Yorkers struggling to get the care they need and it will stymie opioid addiction treatment because of changes to Medicaid eligibility criteria and Medicaid caps.  

Schumer explained that TrumpCare disproportionally affects seniors, the middle class and those who gained insurance via the Medicaid expansion. It would erase more than one trillion dollars from programs that help poor and middle-class families in order to fund an almost $900 billion tax break aimed largely at the wealthy and corporations.

“Trumpcare will spike costs for older New Yorkers, increase deductibles, cut back the effort to stem the opioid crisis and deliver a massive tax cut to the very wealthiest among us," Schumer said. "The bottom line is that this bill will make us sicker and will hammer the Upstate economy, which is so centered on its hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

Schumer continued.

“TrumpCare is a modern day Trojan Horse filled will higher premiums, less coverage, and a plan to rob millions of Upstate New Yorkers who depend on the current affordable healthcare option," he said. "Republicans are once again making quality healthcare a luxury item only available for the top 1 percent.”

According to Schumer, in Upstate New York,  830,800 will lose coverage, which includes 73,000 children, 16,300 individuals with disabilities, and 27,300 seniors: In NY-20 65,100 will lose coverage, which includes 5,700 children, 1,300 individuals with disabilities, and 1,900 seniors; in NY-21 66,600 will lose coverage, which includes 6,500 children, 1,400 individuals with disabilities, and 2,200 seniors.

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at kphalen-tomaselli@poststar.com for comments or story ideas. 

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