New Lebanon protesters relieved over AHCA failure

March 25, 2017 06:39 PM

NEW LEBANON -- Protesters showed up with signs at Valley Plaza on Saturday pointing to a number of what they say are objectionable policies and proposals in the Donald Trump administration.

But they feel somewhat relieved the American Health Care Act, the replacement bill for ObamaCare, failed in the House of Representatives on Friday.

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“We're very happy for the American people that that bill did not pass,” one protester said.

“I don't know if I'd say we won,” another protester said. “I would definitely say I feel a sense of relief that it didn't go through.”

But the group still had questions for Republican Congressman John Faso, who supported the GOP bill.

Faso was in New Lebanon for the grand re-opening of the Heritage Center, a mini museum that showcases New Lebanon's past. Faso took time out to address the small crowd, telling them the 19th Congressional District is very divided on repealing and replacing ObamaCare. Small businesses and many others were against it.

“The people that were asking us for changes, especially the small businesses, they may not come out and demonstrate,” Faso said. “But I'm hearing from them all the time as well.”

Since the replacement bill failed, where do we go from here? Some protesters say they knew ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, had some flaws. But that didn't mean they wanted it gone.

"The Affordable Health Care Act, if that continues the way it is, there's changes that I would like to see to that," said one protester.

Faso says it will be status quo for now. In the meantime, the work should begin to repair some aspects of Obamacare.

"The legislation that was proposed is dead,” Faso said. “What we have to do is we have to find things where we can find bipartisan consensus to repair some of the things that aren't working in the ACA.”


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