Maloney: "basic democracy"
CORNWALL – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) addressed
concerns over the American Health Care Act, also known as TrumpCare, during
a town hall meeting in Cornwall on Saturday.
As part of his “Speak with Sean” series, the congressman spoke
to locals at Cornwall Middle School for almost two hours on issues related
to the controversial bill. Maloney represents one of the 12 Democrat-controlled
districts in the U.S. that voted for President Donald Trump in November,
which is part of the reason why he has embarked on these town hall meetings.
“This is just about basic democracy and letting people question
their elected officials and get answers,” he said off stage. “It
is important that people in elected office stand in front of their voters
and talk to them.”
Ross Miller of New Windsor asked what, in Maloney’s opinion, do
health insurers think about TrumpCare.
“I can’t speak for what insurers think, but I can tell you
they are worried about the disruption this is causing in terms of who
can have coverage,” he said. “It has created tremendous uncertainty
for the insurance companies.”
He also cited that 24 million fewer Americans would be insured under the
American Health Care Act than under the current law, which was estimated
by the Congressional Budget Office to come true by 2026.
Maloney referred to AHCA as “the worst thing I’ve ever seen
passed in Washington” and said that it is very hard to find someone
outside of the Republicans in the House of Representatives who wholeheartedly
supports the bill.
“You [pass this bill] in the dark of night without having read it
or figured out how much it costs, and all you get are a cornucopia of
tax cuts for the rich and a trillion dollars out of Medicaid and Medicare,”
Other issues that were addressed included the recent firing of FBI Director
James Comey and how the impending investigation into Russian interference
in the presidential election will proceed from here on. A few locals brought
up the issue on having an independent prosecutor and FBI director look
into this matter.
Sandra Creary, a Newburgh resident, posed this question: “What can
we do as a community to help you get a special investigator on board?
After an uproarious applause, Maloney encouraged the attendees to be
engaged and stay engaged on the issues, and things will get done.
Creary later said she was totally satisfied with his answer.
“I wanted to find out where he stands on [Comey’s firing],
and I decided to come here because he puts himself out there,” she
said, “so if you have an issue, I appreciate it if you come out
and answer our issues.”
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