New York Gov. Cuomo, Trump Circle Each Other On Obamacare Repeal

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January 18, 2017 1:00 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he and Donald Trump discussed the effects that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on residents of New York and Trump’s knowledge of the subject during a Wednesday meeting.

Cuomo told reporters at Trump Tower that he wanted to make sure Trump “had the context of New York” and other large states in mind as he considers policy decisions, per a transition pool report.

“We discussed how the Affordable Care Act affects New York, and the pitfalls of a repeal plan, which would be dramatic on the state of New York,” Cuomo said. “He is a New Yorker, and my sense is that he understood exactly what I was saying and the magnitude of what I was saying. Three million uninsured people would be a problem.”

He said that their conversation was “not adversarial” and that Trump “was knowledgeable” about options under discussion to replace Obamacare.

“He was knowledgeable about the issues on the Affordable Care Act and the different options that were being discussed. He was knowledgeable about the issue of state and local destructibility, which is a very big issue,” Cuomo said, per the pool report. “So he’s been briefed on the federal side. I wanted to make sure he had the New York state perspective from the budget point of view as he’s considering those federal issues.”

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