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[“When you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas”]
by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 10, 2018

Andrew Cuomo forces Fidelis Care “into ‘voluntarily’ writing billion-dollar checks”

[Cardinal Tiny Tim requested state funds for Catholic schools on a quid pro quo basis of support for some policies of Governor Little Andy, who instead is taking funds away from Catholic charities! (See the Wall St. Journal’s Democrats Abandon Catholics by His Immensity) – AQ moderator Tom]

ALBANY, N.Y. (ChurchMilitant.com) – The governor of New York is going after a Catholic charitable organization, forcing it to foot the bill for the state.

In an op-ed published Monday in the Wall Street Journal, Bill Hammond, director of health policy at the Empire Center, criticizes the deal orchestrated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Good Friday between Fidelis Care, a Catholic nonprofit healthcare plan, and Centene Corporation, a leading government-sponsored healthcare company.

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a disturbing new way to raise revenue: using government muscle to squeeze private organizations into ‘voluntarily’ writing billion-dollar checks,” said Hammond.

Fidelis and Centene are paying the state $2 billion over four years following “a three-month pressure campaign by Mr. Cuomo, including overt and implied threats to seize the funds, block the sale or both,” which began with Fidelis’ unsettled sale to Centene for $3.75 billion in September.
A self-professed Catholic, Cuomo said that the state was entitled to $3 billion of Fidelis’ earnings since the Catholic non-profit received most of its income from state-sponsored programs, including “Medicaid managed care, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan, as well as Medicare Advantage and commercial ObamaCare coverage.”
New York’s Catholic bishops were preparing to use the money from the sale for a charitable organization to provide health care for the poor. Founded in 1993, Fidelis Care started as a “faith-based, mission-driven health plan” providing insurance coverage for “the uninsured and medically underserved” in Brooklyn, New York.
It has since expanded to one of the largest health plans in the state, serving more than 1.6 million members in 62 counties with state programs.
To seal the deal, Cuomo submitted two bills to the state legislature that would have taken 80 percent of the monies from the sale and raided Fidelis’ savings accounts if the deal fell through. Fidelis and Centene agreed to pay the state $2 billion over four years, with $1.35 billion this year, leaving the Catholic bishops’ charitable organization with $3.2 billion, including the sale amount and surplus cash.
Last week, the state governor touted himself as the most successful governor in modern history in an interview with Inside City Hall host Errol Louis. Michael Kurtz, executive political producer at the American cable news television channel NY1, tweeted out Cuomo’s words: “You take my record of accomplishment, you compare it to any governor in modern history, and I think you will see that we have done more.”

Michael Kurtz@michael_kurtz

“You take my record of accomplishment, you compare it to any Governor in modern history and I think you will see that we have done more” @NYGovCuomo w/ @errollouis full interview at 7P on @NY1 @InsideCityHall Tease coming up at 12:30p w/ @RomaTorreNYC

But in January, Cuomo banned N.Y. state agencies from doing business with companies that refuse service based on its conscientious objection to homosexuality or same-sex “marriage.”

In 2016, New York’s governor signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to North Carolina following North Carolina’s law mandating that restroom use must correspond to a person’s biological sex.

He also banned health insurance companies that same year from providing reparative therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, calling it “a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice.”

Cuomo has also stood in defense of the pro-abortion agenda, including his support for the “Women’s Equality Act,” in 2013 that would have permitted abortion at any time in the pregnancy if the health of the mother is threatened. In a radio interview in 2014, he said:

Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon and anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

Andrew Cuomo is the son of late N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo who popularized the phrase “personally opposed, but” rationale in reference to voting for pro-abortion legislation.

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