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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2017


Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on President Donald Trump’s failed attempt to repeal Obamacare


"The perfect storm has passed. If this reckless repeal bill was ratified, SUNY’s state-operated public hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse would have been overrun by tens of thousands of newly uninsured patients seeking vital health care. SUNY’s hospitals provide care to all, whether or not they can afford to pay.

"We are heartened to see that there are some Republicans with enough backbone to stand up to President Donald Trump and his ridiculous threats by saying no to his deeply flawed health care reform bill. Kudos to them for rejecting a Trump proposal hastily pushed forward only to feed his enormous ego and need for attention.

"Unfortunately, Congress members Chris Collins and John Faso were all too willing to jump on the Trump bandwagon and put the screws to New Yorkers in the process by attaching an amendment to the bill that would shift a portion of Medicaid costs paid by counties to the state. That would have created staggering budget cuts to public higher education in the process. UUP won’t forget what you tried to do.

"This is not over. UUP will stand and fight proudly with the millions who resist Trump and his elitist agenda, as the president attempts to make draconian cuts to environmental protections, slash Medicaid and Medicare, enact massive tax cuts to benefit the wealthy, and attack health care."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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