NEW YORK, N.Y. (WHAM/Associated Press) - New York Attorney General Schneiderman announced the state's intent to sue federal government on Monday afternoon.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie spoke out against the bill at a rally Monday in the city.
Cuomo and Schneiderman said the state will challenge the bill in court if it passes Congress. They said they can't stand by while Republicans in Washington vote to cut health care coverage and funding.
Schneiderman said his office found multiple constitutional defects with the GOP healthcare bills.
The Senate's efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law have been stalled after Sen. John McCain's announced absence due to surgery. In a Senate divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, Republicans can lose no more than two GOP votes and still prevail.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week had refashioned the legislation to attract additional GOP votes. The new package added language letting insurers sell discount-priced policies with minimal coverage aimed at winning over conservatives, and revised funding formulas that would mean federal money for states including Louisiana and Alaska — home to four GOP senators who are uncommitted on the measure.
De Blasio told the crowd that the decision to postpone a vote on the measure provides more time for opponents to organize.
The Democrats warned the bill would take away vital Medicaid funding, restrict coverage of reproductive health programs and undermine the finances of local health care providers.