Faso will vote in favor of the GOP health bill
The Daily Freeman is reporting U.S. Rep. John Faso will vote in favor of the GOP health care bill when it comes to the House floor, his office said Tue., Mar. 21. “Yes, he plans to vote in favor of the AHCA,” Faso spokeswoman Courtney Weaver said. Weaver's comments were the first public acknowledgment that the first-term Kinderhook Republican will support the American Health Care Act. Faso previously said he favored repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The vote on the health care bill is expected Thursday. Capitol Confidential is reporting In the days leading up to that vote an amendment to the AHCA is being pushed by Faso and fellow New York Republican Chris Collins. That measure would require the state to pay the Medicaid costs currently shouldered by counties in New York. If passed, the cost of that shift would be $2.3 billion if and when it takes effect in 2020. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday Congressional Republicans have “declared war on New York” by making the Medicaid change. He said the Faso-Collins Amendment would jeopardize health care for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and force hospitals and nursing homes to close their doors, leading to thousands of lost jobs. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.