Indiana Congressman Bucshon Talks Comey, Healthcare

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Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-District 8) was in Terre Haute Wednesday for his annual job fair.

While the job fair was the purpose of his visit, WTWO asked Congressman Bucshon for an explanation on some key policy issues important to Hoosiers.

The firing of FBI Director James Comey comes as odd timing to some who claim President Trump fired the Director to protect himself from investigations of Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 general election. Congressman Bucshon says there is no credibility to these claims.

“I think it’s very disingenuous from the Democrat leadership to come out and take a 180 on this, and now act like this is such a bad move that the president made when literally weeks ago they were begging the president to get rid of Jim Comey because they didn’t like how he handled the Clinton investigation,” says Rep. Bucshon.

The Republican congressman says the FBI needs to regain some lost trust from both sides of the aisle.

“It became pretty clear I think that career FBI people also were–have lost some confidence in the Director because of his public statements about investigations, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. Both sides have concerns,” says Rep. Bucshon.

Meanwhile the focus on healthcare is heating up as the House approves the American Healthcare Act–and awaits the Senate’s version of the bill.

“The debate is about the role of government in health care, and you know, people like Senator Sanders think that the federal government should take over the system. I totally disagree, because once the federal government pays for everything, they also control the delivery of health care,” says Rep. Bucshon.

Congressman Bucshon doubles as a doctor. Given his medical expertise, he says the new plan will be good for Hoosiers.

“What we’re trying to do is get the private sector back into the market place, and the individual market place. Get the costs down, make sure people can afford their insurance. Keep the mandates on pre-existing conditions in place,” says Rep. Bucshon.

He does, however, say there’s always room for improvement.

“There’s a little bit of concern that the tax credits, especially for older people, aren’t enough, so that they’ll be able to afford their insurance. And I think those are valid concerns that people have pointed out,” says Rep. Bucshon.

Congressman Bucshon rotates events, office hours, and town hall discussion between the 19 counties in his district. If there are questions you want answered directly, go to bucshon.house.gov for more information on how to sign up for face-to-face opportunities in your area.

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