GOP Congressman Chris Collins admitted on Thursday that he in fact did not read the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Afterwards he spoke with Buffalo News and told them he was unaware that the bill would cut funding for a health care program in New York.
A reporter from the Buffalo News told the Congressman that the American Health Care Act would stop funding for an optional program adopted only by New York and Minnesota called the Essential Plan. Collins, surprised by it, replied, “Explain that to me.”
Collins was asked once again if he was aware of the funding cut.
“No,” he replied. “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.”
With the AHCA intact, low-income New York residents who do not qualify for medicaid will lose $3 billion in annual funding.
It’s no surprise that Collins wasn’t aware of the funding cut. After all he didn’t read the full bill.
“I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not but I can also assure you my staff did,” Collins told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when asked if he read the full bill. “We have to rely on our staff.”