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NTK Fact Check: Does Anthony Brindisi Really Not Support Single-Payer Health Care?

His voting record in the New York State Assembly and at least one remark to the press indicate he does, despite his best efforts to distance himself from the proposal.

By NTK Staff | 10.26.2018 @3:30pm

THE CLAIM: “The fact is, I don’t support single-payer health care at the national level. What I support is a fix to the Affordable Care Act.” – Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) during a NY-22 debate on Thursday, October 25

CHECKING THE CLAIM: The Democrat candidate for Congress in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, Anthony Brindisi, faced tough questions about his stance on single-payer health care during a debate with Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. At issue is Brindisi’s public support for single-payer in the form of his voting record in the state assembly, and statements he’s made to the press regarding the national health care system.

For starters, Brindisi has a long record of supporting single-payer health care. As recently as June 2018, Brindisi voted for a bill (A04738) that would have established New York’s single payer health care system. He voted for similar legislation in 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Notably, as a direct contrast in this race, Tenney served in the Assembly in 2015 and 2016 and voted against those bills each year.

A RealClearPolitics story from July 2018 mentioned these votes, and then ran a quote from Brindisi in which he clearly implies support for a single-payer system, noting that there are “lots of different ideas out there.”

Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat (pictured) running in upstate New York against incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, has reminded audiences that in the Legislature he backed the New York Health Act, a single-payer system. “I want to see a system where everybody can have health insurance in the country,” he’s said on the 2018 campaign trail. “Whether we call it single payer or Medicare for All, there’s lots of different ideas out there.”

Then, during a town hall event in May, Brindisi dodges when asked directly about supporting Medicare For All, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) single-payer health care proposal. Binghamton reporter Hannah Schwarz notes that Brindisi’s logic about fixing the Affordable Care Act first has no actual bearing on whether or not he supports single-payer:

RATING: Despite his best efforts to distance himself from single-payer, Brindisi’s record on this matter is very clear. He has repeatedly voted for single-payer health care in New York, and suggested support for it nationally at a campaign event, per RealClearPolitics. Further, his argument about addressing the failings of the Affordable Care Act first is simply an effort to dodge the question at hand.

Therefore, we rate Brindisi’s claim Fake News.

NOTE: NTK Network’s Fact Check scale ranges from “Very Fake News,” for the most egregious false claims, to “Fake News,” “Mostly Fake News,” and, for claims that check out, “Mostly Real News” and “Real News.”

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