Cuomo on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama’s remarks at a news conference last week that the government’s “sneaking peek” at Medicare was “ridiculously outrageous.”
In response, the governor said he has “serious concerns” about Obama’s use of the phrase.
“It’s ridiculous,” Cuomo said.
It needs to be fixed.”
The comment was made during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in which Obama was asked about what he might do if he becomes president to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, an issue that has become a top concern for Democrats.
Obama said he would “like to see Medicare negotiate drug price with drug companies,” adding that he would also “take away the power of the pharmaceutical companies to control prices.”
Cuomo said that he has been calling on the administration to take steps to address the issue, including a proposal to raise Medicare premiums by up to 30 percent.
“If he wants to be president, he has to address this issue,” Cuomo told Fox News.
“And if he wants the Medicare premiums to go up, he’s going to have to address that.”
The White House has not responded to a request for comment on Cuomo’s remarks.
The Democratic governor has been pushing for a Medicare-for-all system, with the goal of providing universal coverage for everyone.
Cuomo has said that if elected, he would push for a universal system.
Earlier this month, Cuomo announced that he was pushing for the first Medicare-style health insurance plan for everyone to be introduced in New York.