Most Americans didn't want a massive step back to when many people didn't have health insurance.
They just wanted adjustments made so the system worked better.
We believe reform is what they still want, and that message was made clear last week.
It must have been a hand-wringing week for Stefanik and other Republicans who truly care about the people of their districts. Here they were, re-elected supposedly in part because they wanted to repeal Obamacare.
And yet here were the CEOs of every hospital in Stefanik's district saying that repealing the Affordable Care Act and installing the quickly contrived GOP plan would be not just problematic but "devastating."
"It is not an exaggeration to say that the loss of insurance for millions, decreased stability of health-care providers, jobs losses and higher taxes are among the outcomes that would follow implementation of this bill," read a joint letter from the heads of hospitals in Plattsburgh, Malone, Saranac Lake, Elizabethtown and other facilities.
They point out the $15 billion band-aid.
Some observers believe Stefanik would have voted for the plan. After all, her hesitation gave her the muscle to get more funding added for women's health and maternity care, and she could have claimed that victory.
But we won't know for sure because Stefanik's office refused to answer direct questions leading up to and after the expected decision. Even the day of the vote, she was "undecided."
Some district residents resented her not revealing how she would vote on the biggest decision of her career so far. But it turned out to make good political sense; she ducked having to anger one segment of district residents — either the yeas or the nays.
No comment isn't enough.
Some observers believe Stefanik would have voted for the plan. After all, her hesitation gave her the muscle to get more funding added for women's health and maternity care, and she could have claimed that victory. But we won't know for sure because Stefanik's office refused to answer direct questions leading up to and after the expected decision. Even the day of the vote, she was "undecided."
No comment is not good enough. Elise bobs and weaves like Ali in his prime. That funding for maternity was a $15 billion dollar band-aid that was surely going to be inadequate. Here's a link to the ten essentials from ACA that would have been cut in AHCA. Yeah, she should say if she was going to vote for that and the tax breaks for the wealthy that would have come with passage of it as well.
So imagine the reaction when on Wednesday Nunes, according to his own account, received word "from sources" concerning the potential surveillance of the Trump team complete with enough information to identify at least one individual.
So Nunes is the chairman of House Intelligence which Rep Stefanik is on. He seems to be working with the WH more than he is Congress. Goes to the WH in the middle of the night to see classified material and then leaks it to the press without informing his own committee the following day. Our rep doesn't have much to say about that either. It's odd that someone who is on Armed Services and Intelligence could back a guy for president who is looking more and more like he's been in bed with the Russians for a long time. Seems like very poor judgment.