The Nassau County Executive, Thomas Suozzi, has formed a political action committee to push Medicaid reform in New York. Named "FixAlbany," it even has its own website, www.fixalbany.com. Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch and Conservative Party Chairman, Mike Long joined Suozzi for the announcement.
I can't recall another instance in which the political forces trying to restrain Medicaid spending have become so political. Certainly, the forces trying to protect or increase Medicaid spending have. We noted lobbying expenses just a few days ago. The interesting thing about this is that the local crankiness is bi-partisan. This is probably going to get ugly in a public way.
Suozzi, a Democrat, ruffled Albany feathers a little while back by threatening to campaign against one Democrat and one Republican legislator until Medicaid's pressure on county finances was removed. He's got a Medicaid petition going since January.
Newsday covered the story this afternoon. No doubt there will be lots of press tomorrow.