In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on the six “dynamic” Democrats who are interested in challenging U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, next year. They appeared Sunday at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, heard concerns of key local players in the national healthcare debate this afternoon, and the two sides appeared to politely disagree on a future course of action.
“We have fundamental concerns that it” – the Obamacare revision being revived in Congress – “will not be an improvement over the current ACA.” said Bill Streck, retired Bassett Healthcare president, now director of innovation for the state Hospital Association (HANYS). “From our analysis, 200-700 thousand people would be at risk along with healthcare in our region.”
OBAMACARE REFORM SPURRED RALLIES
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Congressman John Faso, R-19, is in Oneonta today, meeting with key players in the medical community on the future of the Affordable Care Act.
The meeting has been sought for several weeks by Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, director of Bassett Healthcare’s Fox Hospital Susquehanna Family Practice and The Gender Wellness Clinic, and county Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta.
BILL STRECK’S MESSAGE HOME:
Repeal Of Obamacare
Would Hit Here Hard
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – would leave 5,700 Otsego County people uninsured, retired Bassett President/CEO Bill Streck, now chief medical and health systems innovation officer at HANYS (the state’s hospital association), told a mostly medical-sector crowd of 75 at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown this evening. Shifting Medicaid from an entitlement to block grants might raise county government’s costs by $700,000, he said. He also said U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is part of a “Group of Nine” Upstate GOP congressmen that, working together, may be of sufficient size to influence where the U.S. House of Representatives ends up on ACA reform. The talk was sponsored by Sustainable Otsego and Positive Action, which have organized a second talk 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, also at Templeton Hall, where Dr. Chris Kjolhede (inset photo) will lead a discussion on what people may do locally to influence the the national outcome. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
2018 RACE ALREADY JOINED
Divert Anger At Faso
Grass-Roots Organizations Form,
Collaborate Around 19th District
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM
With the 2016 campaign just over, the 2018 campaign in Otsego County’s 19th Congressional District is already starting.
Multiple grass-roots groups in Otsego County that have sprung up since Donald Trump’s election as president Nov. 8 are planning to rally with perhaps “several thousand” of like-minded people at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office this weekend.
Shortterm, the goal is to convince the 19th District congressman to, one, host “town hall meetings” in each of the counties in the district, and, two, to work to assure central guarantees in the Affordable Care Act.
“I do feel strongly: We need to find some way to work with Faso, because he can do a lot of damage in these two years,” said Pam Kline of Indivisible CD19 NY, which is reaching across the 19th District to bring activists to Kinderhook.
Faso Calls For ‘Thoughtful,
Legislation’ On Trump Ban
Faso Invites Bobby Walker
To Attend Trump Inaugural
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By EMILY MURPHY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Bobby Walker, the Cooperstown Central School senior who chairs the Otsego County Young Republicans, has received a ticket from U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, to attend Donald J. Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Walker had served as a volunteer in Faso’s just-completed Congressional campaign, where he defeated Democrat Zephyr Teachout Nov. 8 to succeed retiring Congressman Chris Gibson.
Sienna Poll: Too Close To Call
The respected Siena Poll released numbers yesterday showing the Congressional race in the 19th District, which includes Otsego County, is too close to call.
Republican Faso has support of 43 percent of voters; Democrat Teachout, 42 percent, the poll of “likely voters” found.