As expected, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly issued directive establishing a statewide health care exchange has drawn a considerable amount of reaction from advocacy groups and lawmakers.
Here’s a sampling. We’ll update this post as the day moves along.
- Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn: “Today’s Executive Order establishing a Health Care Exchange for New York will give our state government an opportunity to aid those who need assistance the most. This exchange will ensure that we avoid losing much needed federal money that will be utilized to cover uninsured New Yorkers and small business employees who desperately need access to health care. It is unfortunate that the Senate Republicans held the health and well-being of New Yorkers hostage by refusing to pass this exchange legislatively, instead forcing the Governor to use his executive prerogative. I commend Governor Cuomo for establishing the New York State Health Care Exchange and not allowing the Senate Republicans’ radical Tea Party agenda to deny our state’s residents access to the quality and affordable health care they deserve.”
- Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County: “Any rush towards enacting Obamacare is more political than reality. The promise of federal funding is not without strings and the program itself will ultimately, if enacted, cost New York taxpayers billions of additional dollars that we do not have. Furthermore, with the fundamental constitutionality of the overall looming program in immediate question and the presidency hanging in the balance there is zero need to build an initial framework for a large and expensive government program that may never get off of the ground. We can and should make landmark reforms, including reigning in big insurance in New York, but moving forward now to enact Obamacare is simply not prudent.”
- Joan Parrott-Fonseca, State Director, AARP: “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo deserves New Yorkers’ praise for signing an Executive Order to establish a Health Benefit Exchange for state residents. This move will help uninsured New Yorkers and their families to purchase quality and affordable health care coverage in the future and it will clear the way for New York State to access additional federal funding to develop the Exchange.”
- Kathryn Wylde, Partnership for New York City president and CEO (Also a board member for the pro-Cuomo Committee to Save New York): “Given the high costs of health care in New York, it is important that we are at the forefront of the reform and restructuring of our nation’s health care system. Despite the uncertainty over how health care reform may proceed, the Governor is right to order the creation of an exchange.”
- Daniel Sisto, president, Healthcare Association of New York State: “Governor Cuomo’s action to move forward and create this Exchange will benefit the people of New York State and its hospitals and health care providers by reducing the number of uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers.”