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Delgado claim 'mostly false,' as Faso flips on healthcare

Oct 04, 2018 12:21 am
Samantha Putterman reports for Politifact that Antonio Delgado's recent advertisement claiming that Republican John Faso, "paved the way for an age tax on seniors," while onscreen text displays that "Faso voted for an age tax on seniors" is "mostly false." Politifact, a nonprofit project operated by the Poynter Institute, calls Delgado's claim an "exaggeration." The Rhinebeck Democrat, who is running to replace Faso in the 19th Congressional District, is correct in saying that Faso voted for the Republican replacement healthcare plan that eventually failed by one vote in the Senate. That bill would have let insurers raise premiums for certain older enrollees by up to five times more than what they would charge younger adults while the current law only allows premium increases up to three times as much. But Delgado's ad failed to mention that the so-called "age tax" did not apply to New Yorkers, or seniors on Medicare, or folks over 50 with medical coverage from large employers. A Delgado spokesperson, Melissa Toufanian, told Politifact that while the age ratings did not apply to New Yorkers, Faso still voted for something that would have had negative consequences for seniors across the country. But Faso did vote for that unpopular Republican healthcare bill, and now is trying to send a different message. Adam Cancryn reports in Politico that this week Faso, who lives in Kinderhook, signed on to back a measure that promises, if Republicans replace the Affordable Care Act, any new bill would have to have lower premiums, lower out-of-pocket costs, and greater accessibility to in-network providers. In their story Politico calls Faso an "endangered moderate," and says signing on to theoretical health care bills is all the rage for Republicans across the country just before the Nov. 6 election to improve their voting records in the eyes of the electorate. The story says the Republicans in swing districts such as New York's 19th Congressional District are weighing, "the delicate balance... to strike between supporting Obamacare’s broadly popular benefits and" their previous votes to do away with the Affordable Care Act.