Yesterday, Congress voted to pass the American Healthcare Act (the AHCA) to repeal Obamacare. How did New York’s representatives vote?
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Here’s how New York’s Representatives Voted:
|NY-2||Peter T. King||Republican||Yes|
|NY-5||Gregory W. Meeks||Democrat||No|
|NY-7||Nydia M. Velázquez||Democrat||No|
|NY-9||Yvette D. Clarke||Democrat||No|
|NY-12||Carolyn B. Maloney||Democrat||No|
|NY-15||José E. Serrano||Democrat||No|
|NY-16||Eliot L. Engel||Democrat||No|
|NY-17||Nita M. Lowey||Democrat||No|
|NY-18||Sean Patrick Maloney||Democrat||No|
|NY-19||John J. Faso||Republican||Yes|
|NY-25||Louise M. Slaughter||Democrat||No|
Every Democrat voted against the bill while Staten Island’s Dan Donovan and John Katko (Syracuse) were the only Republicans to vote against it. Every other Republican supported the bill, including Buffalo-area Rep. Chris Collins who later admitted on CNN that he didn’t actually read the bill:
To be fair, most members of Congress don’t read most of the bills they vote on. Because of the amount of legislation Congress works on, it would be too much for any single person and would require extensive research to make sense of what the vote will actually do. Nevertheless, if Chris Collins gets a serious challenge next year, he’s really going to regret admitting that he didn’t know what was in the bill.
Keep in mind: while the House passed this bill to repeal Obamacare, it’s not the end of the road. The Senate will need to vote on the bill before it gets to Donald Trump’s desk. The AHCA could dramatically change or even fail altogether as the bill makes its way through Congress. However, if it does pass, then the American Healthcare Act, along with Trump’s budget, could disrupt New York state government and cause New Yorkers a lot of pain.
Read how New York State is responding to Trumpcare’s passage.