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Rep. John Faso, opponents of GOP health care bill weigh in on its defeat

March 24, 2017 11:27 PM

ALBANY - In a statement released Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the canceled vote on the Republican’s American Health Care Act.

He said, “This bill appears to be on life support for now - it should be killed once and for all."

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Representative John Faso (R-Kinderhook) spoke to WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13 over skype while in Washington, D.C. about what it means for the GOP’s plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law.

“I think for the time being for the foreseeable future that effort is dead,” Faso said. “I think what we need to do is we need to figure out how we can stabelize the insurance markets,” he said.

Registered Nurse, Carol Ann Lemon has been working with the New York State Nurses Association to fight the GOP plan.

She is simultaneously fighting breast cancer, which is why she says this is also personal for her.

Lemon said the battle over health care will continue.

“The fight is not definitely not over and everybody needs to engage,” Lemon said. “And everybody needs to keep talking about this and make sure that the legislators do the right thing,” she said.

During a phone conference with reporters Thursday Cuomo took aim at Faso and others who supported the Republican bill.

Cuomo said it would have resulted in loss of health care coverage for 2.7 million New Yorkers and cost the state 6.9 billion of dollars.

“We have a congressional delegation that has proven it will act in ways that are hostile to the state,” Cuomo said.

Faso said he hopes Republicans and Democrats can work together to improve health care.

“And do it in an incremental way where we can find bipartisan consensus because it's clear we can't rely just on Republican votes to pass these reforms,” Faso said. 

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