Faso explains ‘yea’ vote on health care bill

John Faso

Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) joined fellow House Republicans today in passing the American Health Care Act, the long-sought repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has failed in its promises to the American people. From the start of this process, I have stated that the responsible path forward includes keeping what works and fixing what doesn’t,” said Faso in a release. “The ACA as it stands now will collapse under its own weight if nothing is done, imperiling millions of Americans through higher premiums and fewer choices.”

Faso cited recent premium hikes on ACA exchanges, the fact that 1/3 of counties have only one insurer, high deductibles, taxes, among other reasons to replace Obamacare.


“Acknowledging the ACA’s failures, the people’s representatives were faced with a choice: do nothing and watch millions of our citizens continue to be forced to buy insurance they cannot afford, or work together to improve a broken system,” said Faso.

Faso said the new bill will protect essential health benefits and those with pre-existing conditions, disputing two of the main criticisms of the bill. Opponents point out that the essential health benefits — features required of every plan — will vary by state (though New York State is unlikely to reduce them), and though individuals with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied coverage, they could be charged higher premiums.

Faso also mentioned a New York State-specific provision of the law he said would save taxpayers money.

“The AHCA contains a provision I authored to eliminate the ability of New York State as of 2020 to impose Medicaid costs on county property taxpayers,” said Faso. “For a typical homeowner or commercial property owner residing in the 19th District, Medicaid costs represent over 40 percent of their county property tax burden. New York’s Medicaid spending dwarfs that of most other states. For instance, New York spends more than Texas and Florida combined, even though these states have more than double our population.”

An earlier version of the bill was estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to result in 24 million Americans losing health insurance due to increased costs.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

There are 6 comments

  1. Richard

    He can rationalize all he wants, but Faso is a lock-step Republican who would vote for anything his leadership calls for.

  2. gerard yerri

    it’s pretty simple. faso thought like everyone else that hillary would win and he could be against ACA but not have to take a vote, and he could go off and do whatever republican stuff he wanted to do. with trump winning he has a choice- go against the party or take a vote that dooms his reelection. with trump being so insane and this a swing district he probably assumed that he would lose anyway even if he didn’t vote for this so he’s resigned himself to being a one-termer, and the post-term options for a loyal one-termer are much more numerous than for one who went against the family.

  3. JP

    Obviously, Richard and Gerard are not paying for healthcare. If they were, they would realize that those of us paying are getting killed with premiums and deductibles going up. I once paid $700/month in premiums and now pay $1900/ month. Obamacare is collapsing, sorry folks! I for one, among others actually paying for their healthcare, are pleased to see congress trying to help us. If you receive it free or low cost through your job, or through your retirement package, you don’t see just how screwed up it is, however, you will when you are asked to contribute more as each year goes by!

  4. Homer Bind

    There is no tax difference imy town between a commercial lodging service and a residential, agricultural, vacant land etc. real property. Ther are new income producing properties which depreciate cost to buildarket value as rents increase. It’s a 57% profit margin as compared to the usual seven per-cent. That’s the scam

  5. Terri A Coonrad-Hershkowitz

    I’m not against fixing Obama care but John Faso voted on this before the studies on the implications of it were in Defunding Planned Parenthood and raising premiums for those with pre existing conditions are unacceptable What about the hard working poor who can’t afford property and rely on help from the government

Comments are closed.