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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:32 am

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, expressed concern Tuesday that an expansion of Medicaid-eligible residents under the Affordable Care Act could result in rising property taxes in counties across New York.

President Obama’s controversial health-care legislation’s “maintenance of effort” provision under Medicare “handcuffs” states like New York which are trying to reform Medicaid at the state level, Rep. Reed said in his weekly telephone press conference. New York’s “Cadillac plan” level of service must be maintained under which is often termed “Obamacare.”

“New York is required to maintain that Cadillac plan, and we don’t have flexibility to lessen its budgetary impact,” the freshman congressman said.

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