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NY State of Politics: NY Plays Starring Role In Pro-Obamacare Ad

NY State of Politics - July 18, 2013

The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change is out with a new TV ad that attacks the House Republicans for voting yet again to undermine key provisions of Obamacare and also prominently features Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s claim that insurance premium rates will drop dramatically as a result of the health care reform law.

In fact, the ad called “Hands Off Obamacare” that was released today and will air on cable stations for the next week, starts off with a shot of yesterday’s New York Times headline that trumpeted: “Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%.”

House Republicans have questioned that claim even as White House spokesman Jay Carney highlighted it during his daily press briefing and praised New York to the skies.

Among those challenging the Cuomo administration’s health care exchange prediction was Rep. Chris Collins, who told The Buffalo News:

“Those are not numbers that make any sense, in my book. I would want to see the real data and where it came from. It’s easy to manipulate a number to fit what you’re trying to say.”

The GOP-controlled House has voted close to 40 times since January 2011 to limit, defund, scale back or fully repeal Obamacare.

Yesterday, lawmakers voted to authorize the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer coverage mandate by a year, and then followed that up with a vote – largely along party lines – to also delay the individual mandate, which is NOT something the White House support.

The employer mandate delay passed 264-161, but only 35 Democrats voted for it, including three New Yorkers, all of whom are in swing districts: Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney, Bill Owens and Dan Maffei.

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