New York Democrats react to judge’s ruling striking down Obamacare

December 15, 2018 - 4:15 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray was one of a number of people on a panel about Latino health care Saturday who said they were horrified by a Texas judge’s decision Friday that struck down Obamacare.

“We’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure this doesn’t go any farther,” McCray said Saturday.

She was part of a panel in Washington Heights discussing the barriers and disparities in health care for Latinos.

City Councilmember Mark Levine said the judge’s decision was just another blow to immigrants.

“This represents the latest threat from the right-wing forces seeking to destroy Obamacare,” he said. “This could impact the health of millions and it’s following in the footsteps of a proposed change to public charge, which the Department of Homeland Security has put forward, which would mean that immigrants looking for a green card renewal would have to drop Medicaid and food stamps.”

Levine said there should be bilingual health care for minorities.

Reactions to the judge’s ruling knocking down the Affordable Care Act were swift from New York Democrats.

“While @realDonaldTrump and the @GOP are spiking the football over last night’s disgraceful court decision, hard-working Americans who live with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes and cancer are at risk of losing their health care,” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a tweet.

Sen. Chuck Schumer also chimed in on Twitter late Friday.

“First, Republicans tried to eliminate the ACA in Congress and failed, so they turned to the courts,” he wrote. “Because the legal reasoning is so faulty, hopefully the ruling will not stand. But what will stand is Republican ownership of such a harmful and disastrous lawsuit.”

Assemblyman Al Taylor blamed the ruling on the ring-wing thinking from the president on down.

“The Trump administration is out of control,” Taylor said. “These folks here and across our nation need health care worse than anything else.”

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, tweeted Saturday that “ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!”

The president said he wants Congress to “pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”