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Faso claims district split on healthcare

Mar 30, 2017 12:02 am
Patricia R. Doxsey reports in The Daily Freeman that U.S. Rep John Faso (R-Kinderhook) believes his constituency is evenly divided on health care without providing any facts to support that claim. It is true that Faso's Congressional district is closely split between Republicans and Democrats, and he says, “I would say that my constituency is pretty divided on this whole [healthcare] question. A lot of people want to see the A.C.A. or a single-payer system, and just as many people, in my view, want to see us get rid of the A.C.A. I’m trying to listen to both sides.” Faso’s office reports 54,000 telephone calls and emails from constituents since he took office Jan. 3. Faso's office, unlike many other representatives, refuses to release specific numbers on the opinions of his phone callers, but Faso has conceded that “most of the calls” are in favor of keeping or improving the current healthcare system. Faso has refused to hold town hall meetings, but activists have held one for him, and also several protests, marches, and rallies, with most attending opposed to repealing the current healthcare system. In January, Faso polled subscriber's to his online newsletter, asking, “Do you support the reform of the Affordable Care Act to lower costs and expanding access to health care?” 432 computers responded “yes,” 406 responded “no,” and 95 claimed an “undecided” status. That very unscientific online poll is the only fact Faso has said that backs up his claim that his constituents are divided on the healthcare issue. Last week, Faso voted for the new Republican healthcare plan in committee, and announced he would vote for it on the House floor before Republican leadership pulled the bill because it was not going to pass. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.