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Cost analysis for ACA repeal in NYS = $5B

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health department is analyzing the plan in the Republican Congress to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and finds it carries a heavy price tag for New York.

The preliminary analysis finds the proposed repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act could cost state and local governments and New York’s hospitals $4.5 billion. Those who get their health care through the New York Exchange, set up under Obamacare, could lose $400 million in tax credits. Also, 1 million New Yorkers could lose their health care.

In a statement, Cuomo calls the GOP plan “inadequate, ill-conceived and unacceptable.” The governor says the plan is a “direct assault on New York values” because it defunds Planned Parenthood and restricts access to abortion and reproductive health services.

The analysis finds wealthy New Yorkers would benefit because their taxes that increased under the Affordable Care Act would be lowered.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.