Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady/Saratoga) today called upon New York’s federal representatives to defend New Yorkers in the national health care debate. Tedisco called deals to establish a “filibuster-proof” majority in the U.S. Senate “reprehensible” and “detrimental to all New Yorkers. Tedisco took aim at exemptions offered to Nebraska, Massachusetts and Vermont. New York, with generous Medicaid benefits for citizens, pays for half of Medicaid bills while the federal government funds the other half. Vermont and Massachusetts received last-minute exemptions to cover extra Medicaid costs while Nebraska will receive 100 percent federal reimbursement.
“I don’t know what I find more appalling, the outright extortion that is being practiced by a number of senators, or the fact that New York’s senators and congressmen seem content with our state losing billions under the guise of health care reform,” Tedisco said. “Maybe if our senators spent less time fighting with flight attendants and more time fighting extremists within their own party, New Yorkers would be protected in Washington, D.C.”
The Senate health care bill will cut an estimated $5.5 billion over 10 years for sick New Yorkers who cannot pay their expenses. This will imperil hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, and other facilities throughout a state that already has seen 40 nursing homes and 23 hospitals close over the past four years.
“Harry Reid and Washington liberals are pulling out all the stops to get the 60 votes they need to pass this monstrosity of a bill that will increase health care costs and taxes while incurring even more federal debt,” Tedisco said. “Full Medicaid funding for Senator Nelson of Nebraska, $300 million for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu; I understand that this is the season of giving, but Washington needs to stop picking New York’s pockets in order to pass health care legislation. The more Capital District residents hear about this bill, the more disgusted they become.”