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Schneiderman pans Trump's health care executive order


New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order today:

"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."

In May, Attorney General Schneiderman and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 18 Attorneys General, moved to intervene House v. Price, in defense of the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies. In August, the D.C. Circuit granted their intervention. In New York alone, 730,000 New Yorkers rely on $900 million in cost-sharing reduction payments.