Politician responds to Rep. Claudia Tenney's town hall

During her town hall, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney talked about the struggle the middle class faces with the Affordable Care Act.

"The middle class are actually the ones paying the huge premiums, they can't find healthcare," Tenney said.

But, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi - Tenney's democratic opponent in the 2018 congressional race for the 22 district - says the conversation shouldn't be about repealing, it should be about approving the ACA.

"I agree that there are things that can be done to help fix the affordable care act," Brindisi said. "But what I don't agree with is what Congresswoman Claudia Tenney voted for is a bill that would take away health insurance from millions of New Yorkers."

Tenney also brought up the Faso-Collins Amendment, which would require states pay for the Medicaid charges the counties currently pay. She says Brindisi was originally in favor of this, but has since changed his mind.

"Now [the democrats] are all against it. Because why? It's a republican initiative of course," Tenney said.

While he is in favor of the state helping relieve the costs of Medicaid from counties, Brindisi said there are other reasons he doesn't support this amendment.

"I have supported ever since I've been in office the share New York State has taken over from the counties Medicaid costs," he said. "What I don't support is taking hundreds of millions of dollars away in Medicaid funding from New York State which would eventually get put back on the taxpayers."

Another issue Tenney brought up at the event was whether she supports the repeal of DACA.

"I think we should not continue a program like this, but we should continue a pathway for legalization of the people thare are there," she said. "I mean all you do when you legalize something like this is you encourage people to, you know, throw their children over the country and I don't think there's anything humane about that."

But, Brindisi says that's not true.

"If you look at the facts, since 2008 the number of people coming into this country illegally has actually gone down," he said. "So this is not a policy that is encouraging people to bring their children to this country. This is a policy that impacts 800,000 people who have been in this country for many years."

Tenney's town hall on Tuesday was held by her campaign.


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