Faso calls for “incremental” health care reforms

Rep. John Faso repeated his call for “incremental, bipartisan reforms” to the health care system on Friday, following the latest and what appears to be final failure of congressional Republicans to achieve their seven-year quest to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Faso, a Republican freshman whose district includes Ulster and Sullivan counties, sided with his party in May to help the House version of repeal-and-replace legislation squeak through in a 217-213 vote. He also has championed an amendment that would have forced New York to absorb $2.3 billion in annual Medicaid costs now paid by its 57 counties outside New York City – the cause of a bitter feud with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other New York Democrats.

In his statement Friday afternoon, Faso said: “The recent failure of the Senate to advance its healthcare bill underscores the need for incremental, bipartisan reforms that will lower the costs of healthcare for families and individuals and put our nation’s healthcare system on a path to fiscal sustainability. I am working as part of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to initiate reforms which can fix problems with the individual insurance market.”

Democrats, who have pounded Faso for supporting the bill, warned on Friday that the die is already cast for the 2018 elections. “Representative Faso can’t turn back time and undo the damaging vote he cast to kick 23 million Americans off their health insurance and jack up premiums for millions more,” Evan Lukaske, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement on Friday. ”Faso owns the Republican health care disaster, and it will haunt him in 2018.”

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