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So many important pieces of news are missed due to the bombastic and disgusting outbursts of Donald Trump who continues to suck up the media with outrageous lies, executive orders and tweets—along with a  Republican-led Congress that delivers odious self-serving bills like they were firing pellets from a BB gun. 

One press release last month by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman slipped through traditional and social media cracks after he posted a statement on his website. It slipped through, but we can be sure he will follow through with this legal action. Schneiderman is a predator of crime chasing justice with a vengeance. You only need to take a glance at one page of his past month’s legal motions and convictions to see the man is a beast.

Schneiderman is not a fan of Trump or the AHCA so-called “healthcare” bill and he has joined forces to protect the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.

Here are excerpts from the press release posted on May 18, 2017 entitled, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, today took legal action to protect health care access for millions of Americans.

Along with 16 attorney generals, Schneiderman and Becerra moved to intervene in the ongoing appeal of a lawsuit filed by House Republicans that undercuts the affordability of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In the press release, it states:

The case, House of Representatives v. Price, is a legal challenge brought by the Republican-majority House of Representatives to block billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act subsidies that reduce co-payments, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans. These payments, known as cost-sharing reductions, are specifically required by the Affordable Care Act. Experts predict that simply the threat to end this funding could destabilize the healthcare market and increase premiums by as much as 21 percent.

Schneiderman talks about the essence of healthcare for families, and especially for parents:

“We’re talking about people’s lives – and for President Trump and the Republicans to use them as pawns in a political game is simply unconscionable,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “No family should have to choose between protecting their child’s health and putting a roof over their heads. That’s why we’re taking legal action now, and I won’t stop fighting to protect New Yorkers’ right to affordable, quality health care.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra reminds us of what it was like pre-President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.  So much of what we have not we take for granted and we’ve never been closer to losing it all.

“No parent should worry if they can afford to take their child to a doctor or hospital. President Trump’s unpredictable behavior and lack of defense of the healthcare coverage of millions of Americans under the ACA threatens to resurrect those fears of every parent. Here in California, more than 5 million people now receive quality, affordable health care, many for the first time. No one wants to return to the days when a child was denied care because of a preexisting condition, when a woman was charged more than a man for the same health care plan, when you needed care the most and found you were capped at your lifetime limit. My fellow attorneys general and I seek to intervene in House v. Price to defend each of these Americans.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo states we need to be unified and continue to stand up against an ultra-conservative agenda:

“Every man, woman and child deserves access to affordable health care. As millions of Americans face the prospect of losing their health care coverage, it is critical that we stand together to protect this basic right. The actions of the federal government are a direct assault on New York and our values, and we will do everything in our power to stand up to the ultra-conservative agenda and ensure that all New Yorkers continue to receive the affordable, high quality care they deserve.”

The release also states:

Over the last several months, the Trump Administration (including President Trump himself) has threatened to stop cost-sharing payments and – along with the Republican-majority House of Representatives – has put the federal government’s appeal of the legal challenge on hold.

The motion to intervene, filed today, was brought on behalf of individual States and was signed by a total of 16 Attorneys General: New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Click here to read the full Motion to Intervene. To read the full Schneideman’s full press release on his website, click here. En español, aqui.

Thank you, once again, to Eric Schneiderman and to all the members of the judiciary who have joined the Resistance against one of the most (if not the most) heinous and corrupt presidents, administrations and Republican-led congresses in the history of this American nation. 

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