EW HARTFORD – Last month, Anthony Brindisi proudly said on video that he supported Medicare for All and that he voted for universal healthcare, but yesterday “changed” his position for political gain.

As USA Today reports: 

  • “On the Medicare for All issue, Brindisi voted in favor of a single-payer bill in the New York state assembly and as recently as July said favorable things about Medicare for All. However, he told USA TODAY that he does not support that policy at a national level.” (USA Today, 08/23/18)

“Anthony Brindisi is a professional con-artist who has voted 4 times for government-run healthcare and said in July that he supported Medicare for All, but is changing his position for political gain,” said Claudia Tenney campaign manager Raychel Renna.  “While Brindisi is running from his record of free healthcare for illegal immigrants and massive tax hikes for the middle class, Claudia Tenney stands with President Trump in fixing our broken healthcare system.”     


BACKGROUND …

 

BACKGROUND …

In July 2018, Anthony Brindisi said he supports Medicare for All. “The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is seizing power over moderates and establishment liberals — and it’s not just in New York City where self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated 10-term incumbent Rep Joe Crowley. In swing districts across the country, Democratic congressional candidates have embraced Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care plan or are pushing an expanded version of Obamacare that would create a government-run plan promising universal coverage. … Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat running in upstate New York against incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney, put it this way: “I want to see a system where everybody can have health insurance in the country, whether we call it single payer or Medicare for All.” (Real Clear Politics, 07/24/18)

According to a new study, Brindisi and Pelosi’s Medicare For All would cost $32 trillion. “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes, says a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center. That’s trillion with a ‘T.'” (The Associated Press, 07/30/18)

In 2017, Brindisi voted for Sheldon Silver’s single payer healthcare plan in New York. “PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would create a universal single payer health plan -New York Health – to provide comprehensive health coverage for all New Yorkers.” (A04738,New York State Assembly, Accessed 6/29/17)

New York State universal health care bill – supported by Sheldon Silver – would give illegal immigrants taxpayer funded healthcare“Proposed legislation to create a universal single-payer plan to provide health coverage to every New York State resident likely will not become law anytime soon in Albany—and the issue puts the South Fork’s two state legislators in a rare position, on opposite sides of an issue. The State Assembly approved the measure in mid-May. It calls for publicly funded universal health care for all state residents, regardless of wealth, income, age, immigration status or preexisting condition.” (The Southampton Press, 06/12/17)