Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke Wednesday at a 1199SEIU Rally in the Bronx in response to the proposed federal repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Cuomo spoke to the crowd for just over 16 minutes and urged both healthcare professionals and leaders of the Democratic Party to stand up against the planned action.
“The democrats in congress, they better stand up and they better fight,” said Cuomo. “It’s time to stand up and show us what you’re made of. This is not a time to make a deal.”
Governor Cuomo pointed out that 3 million New Yorkers are currently covered by the Affordable Care Act. He also stated that repealing the act would be detrimental to everyone.
“Healthcare now is not just about the individual,” said Cuomo. “It’s a public health issue.”
“This is one place, one society, one family. To be smart, you provide healthcare for all.”
Governor Cuomo used the time to compare the Affordable Care Act to other legislation passed in New York State under his governance such as raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and providing free college tuition to public colleges. Cuomo also used the platform to restate his stance on immigration by reiterating that he himself is an immigrant.
The 1199SEIU rally was put together by the east coast based healthcare union in reaction to President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The union fears that repealing the act will cut overall healthcare funding and would negatively impact patient care and healthcare jobs.
Other speakers at the event included 1199SEIU president George Gresham, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein, and President of the Greater New York Hospital Association Kenneth Raske.