Last Thursday, Congressman John Hall was at the Mount Kisco Senior Center to discuss health care. Three weeks ago, the Congressman that represents Mount Kisco voted for the health care reform bill. In a statement that explained his vote, John Hall wrote the following:
From the day I first took office, I have sought major health insurance reform. It is long overdue. The cost of doing nothing is simply too high. For those of us fortunate to have coverage, our premiums continue to skyrocket. Everyone knows someone whose insurance company refused to pay for treatment their doctor ordered, or dropped their coverage altogether when they got sick and needed it most. . . .
This bill is fiscally responsible. It will cut the federal deficit by $138 billion in the first ten years, and by $1.2 trillion in the second decade. It keeps Medicare strong and healthy for years to come. According to state estimates, this bill will save New York more than $1 billion a year in Medicaid funding.
I think we all understand that insurance companies are not going to reform themselves. I think we all agree that every American should have access to the best health care in the world. Saying “No,” isn’t an answer to the problems our country faces. This bill demonstrates that we as a nation can say “Yes,” and come together to solve the big challenges we face.
Will John Hall’s vote on this health care bill affect his re-election chances?
A look at potential Republican challengers and their position on this bill will follow in another article.