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NY To Join Lawsuit Over Effort To Cut Health Provision

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's joining a multistate effort to sue over President Donald Trump's decision to end a provision of the federal health care law that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs for millions of Americans.

Schneiderman says it's "an effort simply to blow up the system" after Congress failed to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

The Democratic prosecutor said Friday that New York is part of a California lawsuit and that the Republican president's decision to end subsidies to insurers for low-income participants would cripple the state's health care market, drive up insurance costs and cause poor people to go untreated. New York stands to lose more than $870 million in subsidies.

Schneiderman says the decision is unacceptable, "cruel" and illegal.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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