J'nelle Agee is reporting for Spectrum News
protesters gathered outside of U.S. Rep. John Faso's Kingston office Thu., Mar. 23, calling on the Kinderhook Republican to vote against the American Health Care Act. "Health care is a right; it's not for the privileged," said one demonstrator. The residents said Faso was not concerned about the welfare of his constituents. "People have been trying to call, people have been trying to email. He's picking and choosing who he'll listen too,” said Susan Rogers. “How can he build consensus and find out how to represent us if he won't even hear us?" Faso said this week he would vote for the GOP health care bill. The Hill reported Thu., Mar. 23
, that GOP centrists in the House were backing away from their party's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Faso told the Capitol Hill newspaper and website he was irritated with the idea of removing the minimum insurance requirements from the bill, after leaving a meeting early Thursday. Asked if removing those requirements changed his position, Faso said after a pause: "I'm not enthusiastic about that." Faso has refused to town hall meetings at home in the 19th Congressional District, claiming they are not productive. Protesters told Spectrum they plan to host rallies outside of the congressman's office every Friday.