The Republican-led Senate didn’t pass legislation tonight to set up a health-care exchange to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act after the Assembly passed it earlier in the day.
And here may be part of the reason why: Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, is urging his colleagues to reject it.
In a statement, Ball said the health exchange is “seen by many at the first-step towards ‘Obamacare.’”
He said the health-care exchange would be an additional burden for the state and lead to more unfunded mandates.
“This does nothing to improve access to, or control costs for, healthcare in New York,” Ball said. “Obamacare has been ruled unconstitutional and needs to be repealed, not implemented. Creating an exchange will only create more costs and future unfunded mandates, that which the state cannot afford.”
Small businesses and individuals that don’t have health insurance would be able to purchase benefits through the exchange, which has to be operating by 2014. Supporters, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said that by enacting the law now, New York would eligible for additional federal funding.
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