CNY Rep. Dan Maffei says he will vote for health care reform
By Mark Weiner
March 16, 2010
Rep. Dan Maffei said today he will vote for the health care reform bill that is likely to face a historic vote in the House of Representative by Saturday.
Maffei, D-DeWitt, after weeks of weighing the most important vote of his young career in Congress, said he ultimately decided it was more important to vote for the reforms than simply do nothing.
“I’m proud to support this legislation, because it is going to expand coverage, lower costs and finally stop so many of the unfair practices insurance companies have been using for too long," Maffei said. "While reform process isn’t pretty, we’ve debated this bill long enough. In fact, we’ve talked about reforming health care for decades. Doing nothing is no longer an option.”
Maffei made his announcement at the American Cancer Society's local headquarters in East Syracuse. the rest
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