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Schneiderman, Cuomo join Obamacare fight against Congress

ALBANY — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are joining more than a dozen officials in other states to combat a lawsuit by the Republican-controlled Congress that would cut significant subsidies to low-income families under Obamacare.

“The actions of the federal government are a direct assault on New York and our values, and we will do everything in our power to stand up to the ultra-conservative agenda,” Cuomo said of the state-funded legal effort.

“No family should have to choose between protecting their child’s health and putting a roof over their heads,” Schneiderman said. “For President Trump and the Republicans to use them as pawns in a political game is simply unconscionable.”

The House of Representatives lawsuit began against the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama three years ago over what are called “cost-sharing reductions.”

The Republicans are challenging whether the federal government under the Affordable Care Act can legally direct billions of dollars paid to health insurance companies to cover medical expenses paid out of pocket by low-income families, including deductibles and copays. Congress won in a lower court, but the case remains under appeal as the GOP-controlled Congress and the Trump administration seek to replace the ACA, known as Obamacare.

The motion filed Thursday by Schneiderman argues that if the Republicans’ win withstands the appeal, low-income families will face monumental obstacles to securing health care insurance. The motion is also supported by 16 attorneys general, mostly Democrats, including those in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

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