In a statement, Gillibrand said, “Today is a great day for New York families. There are 2.7 million New Yorkers who are now one step closer to getting affordable, quality health care coverage, which will also reduce the hidden tax to New York for caring for the uninsured. Now, that is a historic Christmas.”
She added that the legislation will provide coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans and lower costs, while 1.6 million New Yorkers and 249,000 small businesses will receive tax credits to purchase health coverage.
Gillibrand and Schumer have been under fire by Gov. David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the health-care bill would cost New York more than $1 billion a year.
Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Harlem, said he won’t let New York get hurt when the House and Senate seek to reach an agreement, and Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, has taken issue with the Senate version.
For her part, Feld said “Kirsten Gillibrand delivered coal in the stockings of New Yorkers this morning by voting for a healthcare bill that will cost us more than a billion dollars every year in lost Medicaid funds, according to Governor Paterson. Mayor Bloomberg warned that the bill could force hundreds of healthcare facilities across New York City to close. ”
National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said “Thanks to Kirsten Gillibrand’s vote, the U.S. Senate passed a costly government-run health care bill today that will be paid for by New York families, seniors, and small businesses that are already struggling to make ends meet.”