Gen. Xavier Becerra said the decision to cease federal payments to health insurers that provide coverage undermines the Affordable Care Act and could result in up to 20% increases in costs, putting healthcare out of reach for millions of families.
NY state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's joining a multistate effort to sue over President Donald Trump's decision to end a provision of the federal health care law that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs for millions of Americans.
"Now, if the Democrats were smart, what they'd do is come and negotiate something where people could really get the kind of health care that they deserve, being citizens of our great country", Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House.
The White House announced it will eliminate $7 billion in payments to insurers.
"This move is unacceptable; it's cruel and it's unlawful", Schneiderman said at a press conference to announce that New York, California, Massachusetts and several other states would file a lawsuit to protect the subsidies.
Hundreds of thousands of NY families rely on the Affordable Care Act's subsidies for their health care - and again and again, President Trump has threatened to cut off these subsidies to undermine our healthcare system and force Congress to the negotiating table.
"Millions will lose access to affordable health care, plunging ACA markets into chaos and risking insurance even for those who don't require assistance", Harris said in a statement. Our coalition of states stands ready to sue if President Trump cuts them off. "That's unacceptable. I will not allow President Trump to once again use NY families as political pawns in his unsafe, partisan campaign to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act at any cost".
"The industry has been urging Congress to clear up the legal dispute and formally direct the executive branch to make the monthly payments".
"Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will singlehandedly hike Americans' health premiums", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.
The lawsuit is the second one announced by the California Attorney General in a week, challenging Trump's attempts to scale back provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
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