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Faso likes 'general direction;' Gillibrand denounces American Health Care Act

Mar 09, 2017 12:05 am

Josefa Velasquez reports at Politico New York that Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) likes "the general direction" of the Republican proposal for health care announced this week, while Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand denounced the bill. The new bill, the American Health Care Act would replace the Affordable Health Care Act. On Talk 1300 radio March 8, Faso said, “Well, I need more answers… but I like the general direction in which they’re trying to move to a more patient-centered health care system, employing some important insurance market reforms.... Other changes have to happen in legislation where we’d have to have at least some Democratic support in the U.S. Senate to pass.” Gillibrand, speaking on the Senate floor March 8 said, "I rise to oppose the American Health Care Act. This bill would destroy the Affordable Care Act – even though the Affordable Care Act has given more Americans access to quality, affordable health care than ever before in our history. It would force middle-class families to pay more money for less care. It would leave more people uninsured – by a lot. It would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans with what is essentially an age tax – as if our parents and our grandparents don’t already pay the insurance companies enough for their care. Read the full story at Politico New York.