From the Daily News:
Gov. Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and other officials warned the Senate plan would:
- Force the city to close 100 health clinics.
- Blow a $1 billion hole in the state's budget.
- Threaten struggling hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities.
"It is really a disgrace and we've got to make sure that we fight before the bill is finally passed," Bloomberg fumed.
New York ended up on the short end as Senate brokers showered cash on states whose senators were among the last holdouts before Democratic leaders locked up the 60 needed votes.
New York's best hope now is emergency surgery to undo the shafting before the bill becomes final.
A health care overhaul passed by the House last month is more generous to the city and state, and negotiations over the differences start in January.
Under the Senate plan, the biggest rewards go the states that, unlike New York, have been Scrooges to the poor in need of medical care.
"We are in a sense being punished for our own charity," Paterson said Monday.
Um....Chuck? What do you have to say about this?
From the Daily News:
- The Senate health care bill would cost New York between $1.1 billion and $1.25 billion a year, according to Gov. Paterson's office.
- The House bill would save the state about $4 billion a year.
- New York State, which covers half its Medicaid costs now, will keep covering half under the Senate bill.
- Most other states will get 100% federal aid for three years and 82% to 95% thereafter. Nebraska gets 100% forever.
- New York City would lose funding for about 100 community health clinics and would have to close them, Mayor Bloomberg says.
- The Medicaid cuts would force a 15% reduction in payments to providers – including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and community clinics – New York House Democrats say.
- The House plan would cut $2.6 billion over 10 years from reimbursements to New York hospitals for treating people who cannot pay their bills.
- The Senate bill cuts $5.5 billion, according to the Health Care Association of New York.