Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (NY-19) and Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today issued the following statements in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s claims against the American Health Care Act:
“There he goes again. Mr. Cuomo continues to mislead on the legislation to relieve property taxpayers of this Medicaid burden. He uses fake numbers in an effort to scare hospitals and health providers as to 'cuts' in Medicaid spending, when Albany could achieve savings by reducing other spending in the state budget and further reform its big-spending Medicaid system. New York’s Medicaid program spends over $62 billion, more than Texas and Florida combined. Those states have more than twice New York’s population," said Congressman John Faso. “If included in the AHCA, the Medicaid language would simply require Albany after 2020 to eliminate the local share of Medicaid, as virtually every other state now does. People continue to flee upstate New York due to lack of jobs and high property taxes. No amount of deception coming from Mr. Cuomo can obscure those facts," said Faso.
“Governor Cuomo’s continued lies should come as no surprise,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “As we have seen for years, he will do whatever he can to protect his slush fund, which he doles out like candy to Albany-aligned special interests. Western and Upstate New Yorkers will rejoice at the property tax relief they will gain from this bill’s passage. Unlike Governor Cuomo, I put the needs of Western New Yorkers before any pipe-dream Presidential aspirations.”