September 19, 2013
Governor Cuomo says threats in Congress to defund Obamacare won’t have any effect on the federal Affordable Health Care Act going forward in New York.
Cuomo says even if Congress is gridlocked over funding for the federal health care act, New York will still be going ahead on October 1st with the required health care exchanges.
“The health exchange is up and running,” Cuomo said on a trip to Niagara Falls. “I don’t believe there’s going to be any effect on the state.”
States were directed to set up the exchanges so that uninsured people could choose more affordable insurance plans. They are mandated to buy the plans or else face a fine.
House Republicans say they won’t vote to extend any government spending unless the bills are stripped of any funding for the health care act, increasing the chances of a government shut down. But Cuomo says he doubts it will come to that.
“I understand the political play that they’re trying to make, but I don’t believe they’re going to be successful,” the governor said.