AHCA ‘will suffocate our hospital,' St. Joseph's says

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - At least one local hospital is asking Congress to take action against the Republicans’ AHCA.

St. Joseph’s Hospital released a statement on Thursday voicing its opposition to the measure – which would replace the Affordable Care Act.

St. Joseph’s Health firmly believes that in order to protect the health and quality of life of New Yorkers, the AHCA must not pass. As outlined in the Governor’s press release below, the addition of the Collins Amendment was the tipping point for New York and we will not stand on the sidelines to watch our state be used as a punching bag in a political ring. The AHCA will take away health services from families throughout Central New York, suffocate our hospital with the stress of trying to make ends meet in order to provide critical care to patients, and turn back all of the progress the Governor has made in strengthening our health care system. Congress must take action now and put an end to this self-serving proposal before it is too late.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the AHCA would eliminate $57.7 million in funding for hospitals in Central New York – including more than $8 million in funding for St. Joseph’s.

Congressman John Katko – a Republican – told NewsChannel 9 on Wednesday that he will vote “no” today on the measure.

“I just think this is a bad deal for New York. It’s going to lead to as much as $7 billion in Medicaid cuts to New York State, and we know New York is not good at keeping its fiscal health in order and our knee-jerk reaction to everything is to tax more, and it’s clear to me, based on what the Governor said today, he is planning a substantial tax increase to people in New York State,” Katko said.

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