After admitting to CNN that he did not read the House bill to
repeal and replace Obamacare, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told
the Buffalo News that he was unaware the bill
would nix funding for a health care program in New York.
When a reporter for the Buffalo News told Collins that the
American Health Care Act would eliminate funding for an optional program
adopted only by New York and Minnesota called the Essential
Plan, Collins replied, “Explain that to me.”
Asked again if he was aware of that funding cut, Collins told
the Buffalo News, “No. But it doesn’t surprise me for you to
tell me that there were two states in the nation that were
taking advantage of some other waiver program and New York was
one of the two states.”
The AHCA would nix the Essential Plan option, which
provides New York with $3 billion annually for a program
that offers benefits for low-income residents who do not
qualify for Medicaid.
Collins’ comments on the Essential Plan came after he admitted
to CNN that he had not read the bill.
“I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not but I can also assure you
my staff did,” Collins told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when asked
if he read the full bill. “We have to rely on our staff.”
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