Ralliers call on Stefanik to ‘kill the bill’

Ralliers outside Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Glens Falls office call for her to vote “no” on a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

GLENS FALLS — A loud crowd took to the street corner in Glens Falls outside Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office on Friday evening with a goal in mind.

“Stop the repeal.”

Longtime healthcare worker June Ragnacci says she’s afraid of hospital staff funding being cut.

“Right now, for boots on the ground, it’s very difficult, staffing is extremely bad,” Ragnacci said.

Protestors on Friday preached that ‘healthcare is a human right.’

“Healthcare should be portable and affordable.”

Democrat Tedra Cobb was one of a few congressional candidates running against Stefanik in the 21st district to show up at the rally.

“I’ve read this healthcare bill and I’ve read all the previous iterations and this is just by far the worst version,” Don Boyajian said.

All had the same mission – to ask Stefanik to say no to the bill.

“I think that’s obscene and we need to let our representative, our voice in Washington know that we’re not going to stand by and accept that,” candidate Patrick Nelson said.

We reached out to Congresswoman Stefanik’s office – we got this statement back saying, in part,

“Congresswoman Stefanik has concerns with the cuts to Medicaid under the Cassidy-Graham and the impact they would have on New York.

She is committed to achieving a 21st century healthcare system for families and businesses across the north country.”

Cancer survivor Sara Couch traveled to today’s rally from Albany, speaking up about what’s important to her.

“Our lives depend on it, they really do, I have a preexisting condition now…they have a responsibility not only to their constituents, but to every American,” Couch said.

The full statement we got from Congresswoman Stefanik’s office is as follows:

Congresswoman Stefanik has concerns with the cuts to Medicaid under Cassidy-Graham and the impact they would have on New York.

Congresswoman Stefanik has a strong record of bipartisan work on healthcare, including writing the largest fix to the Affordable Care Act last Congress that was signed into law by President Obama – the repeal of the auto-enrollment mandate. She has led on many bipartisan healthcare issues, including successfully fighting for a suspension of the Obamacare Medical Device Tax and recently introducing bipartisan legislation to protect funding for Community Health Centers that serve over 95,000 people in our district. She is committed to achieving a 21st century healthcare system for families and businesses across the North Country.

—6 News Albany