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Congressman Engel Calls President's Decision to Cut Off ACA Payments 'Outrageous' PDF Print Email


By Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel

Oct. 18, 2017:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement on President Trump's continued actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

The President's decision to cut off cost-sharing reduction payments is his most outrageous act of sabotage against our health care system yet.

These payments enable insurers to keep consumers' out-of-pocket costs down. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), ending them will cause premiums to rise and spur insurers to leave markets, in turn leaving Americans with fewer choices – the exact opposite of what the President has promised for months.

If the President truly believed that action was needed on Congress's part, he would have called on Congress to act. I have cosponsored the Marketplace Certainty Act, along with dozens of my colleagues, to appropriate funding for the cost-sharing reduction payments and remove any ambiguity on this issue. But, instead, the President chose to put millions of Americans' health care at risk.

Just yesterday, the President signed an executive order that could bring back the junk insurance policies that, before the ACA, offered little value for your money and punished sick people for their health status. Now, he's doubled-down with a move that will hike up premiums and limit consumer choice. All of this amounts to the same "pay more, get less" plan that the American people rejected in Trumpcare.

Make no mistake: any instability in our health care system going forward will be a direct consequence of the President's actions over the past two days. There is no reason for the President to make this move other than to hurt Americans. I am deeply saddened that in his desperation to see the ACA fail, he has made this egregious decision.

Pictured here:  Congressman Eliot L. Engel.  

Photo courtesy Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel



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From the Mayor: Bronxville Continues Long History of Thoughtful Planning

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville Oct. 17, 2018:  As the trustees continue with our week-to-week business, our overarching goal of an updated village comprehensive plan remains the...

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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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