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12-23-2009, 06:06 PM
Sen. Chuck Schumer Mum on Senate Health Care Bill That Could Bring Cuts to New York

WASHINGTON - When the feds whack New York, you usually hear Chuck Schumer lead the outrage. But on health care, he's been practically mute about some mighty hits headed our way.

Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson both slammed the Senate bill Monday, charging it would cost the city more than $500 million and rip a $1 billion-a-year hole in the state budget.

Schumer, a veteran streetfighter for federal cash, has been suddenly recast as a defender of Washington - and a deal he helped cut that shafts New York.

"He's being uncharacteristically quiet in part because the numbers don't look that good," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio.

Schumer pledged Tuesday to "fight as hard as we can" to undo the deep cuts in Medicaid for New York when a final bill is negotiated with the House.

But he bristled at criticism that he stood by as other states won sweetheart deals. He fumed to the Daily News that while local pols are focused on their budgets, he's more concerned with helping citizens. And he insists he did.

"I want to help the state government, but people and jobs come first," Schumer said. He claimed "huge" wins for the state and city despite gripes from a mayor and governor who seldom cross him.

Schumer's top bragging point was a special provision to stop cuts in Medicare Advantage to 800,000 New Yorkers.


12-23-2009, 06:25 PM
The Governors are slicing and dicing these DC critters that would dump huge Medicaid costs onto their budgets. Even the liberals are attacking each other. This abortion of a bill needs to be defeated.