Congressman Faso responds to health care vote fallout

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The House-passed repeal of Obamacare is controversial and a local woman and congressman have been tossed into the national spotlight because of it.

Anyone watching Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC Thursday night would have been surprised to see a woman named Andrea Mitchell on the air. She is not the reporter but a local woman who lives in Congressman John Faso’s district.

Some time ago she approached Faso and told him she had a brain tumor and was worried she’d lose her health insurance because it’s a pre-existing condition. He hugged her and promised her she wouldn’t lose it.

On Thursday, House Republicans voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Many are worried about people with pre-existing conditions losing insurance in the new bill.

“I’m crushed. I honestly believed after the first vote he wouldn’t repeal it,” Mitchell said on Maddow’s show. “A lot of my friends and constituents thought that that was very naïve of me.”

“The bill explicitly covers pre-existing conditions,” Faso told NEWS10 ABC on Friday. “There’s a provision in the bill called Guarantee Issue, which means an insurer is required to issue the policy. This is already a state law in New York.”

Congressman Faso says people with pre-existing conditions are protected.

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