Number of changes to healthcare bill caused Arcuri's change of mind


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKTV) - Congressman Michael Arcuri said he's still leaning "no" on the senate's version of the healthcare bill, even though he voted on the house version of the bill.

So you may be curious as to what the differences are that made him change his mind.

Arcuri's Press Secretary Mark Cornell said there are a number of things.

First and foremost, Arcuri was a supporter of the public option, which was in the house bill, but is absent from the senate version.

He's also not in favor of taxing so-called "Cadillac health insurance" plans, meaning the more expensive healthcare plans that offer more comprehensive coverage.

The congressman also said that because the state has expanded it's Medicaid program, the senate bill would place an unfair burden on New York.

Cornell said the Congressman also believed that the house plan was a deficit reducer, while he can't say the same for the senate bill. Cornell said that when the Congressman voted for the original House bill, he didn't like everything about the plan, but that his likes outweighed his dislikes.

Cornell said the opposite is true with the Senate bill.

So, for Congressman Arcuri to go from "leaning no" to voting yes, there would have to be enough changes made to the current bill to once again make his likes outweigh his dislikes.

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