One Lump of Stupid or Two, Chris Collins

Sometimes, the political ads write themselves:

“I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not [read the AHCA bill] but I can also assure you my staff did.”

–Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

But then Collins went further.

Told by a Buffalo News reporter that the state’s largest loss of federal funds under the bill would be $3 billion annually that goes to the state’s Essential Health Plan, Collins said: “Explain that to me.”

The Essential Plan is an optional program under Obamacare, offered only by New York and Minnesota, that provides low-cost health insurance to low- and middle-income people who don’t qualify for Medicaid. State Health Department figures show that more than 19,000 people in Erie and Niagara counties were on the Essential Plan in January.

Asked by The Buffalo News if he was aware of the bill’s cut in funding to the Essential Plan, Collins said: “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.”

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4 Responses to One Lump of Stupid or Two, Chris Collins

  1. Marco says:

    You were too busy on the phone whoring yourself to big $$$$ rather than protecting your constituents.


  2. roket says:

    Your typical top down hierarchy manager. His staff does all the work and he gets ALL the money and then some.


  3. paul fredine says:

    big surprise. he doesn’t even know what programs are used by his own state. not surprising he didn’t read the bill since it would be surprising he even reads at all….his staff does it and tells him the good bits before he falls asleep.


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