House Majority Leader talks healthcare, education during stop in Amherst

Mar 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke in Amherst Monday afternoon as part of Daemen College’s new Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
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During his speech Cantor outlined the House Republican Majority’s four-point policy agenda that will focus on job creation, unclenching the “squeeze” on the middle class, an alternative to the Affordable Care Act and education reform.

Cantor stressed the need for national school-choice and voucher programs and applauded Governor Cuomo for his support of charter schools in the state.

After his speech the Majority Leader addressed questions from the audience. One Amherst High School student asked about the federal government’s plans to make college more affordable to working class families. Cantor says he believes there are other options besides putting the country more in debt.

“Some of the best colleges and universities in our country, in this state and others are banding together to look at the potential for online education. How do we bring down the cost? How do we ensure that the quality stays the same? And maintain the benefit of interaction physically while on a college campus?,” said Cantor. 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaking in Amherst.
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Cantor said House Republicans are currently focusing in on a range of issues, including an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Cantor said that the ACA has been anything, but what President Obama promised.

“After the administrations disastrous rollout almost 6 million people had their plans cancelled nationwide, and others are seeing higher premiums and higher deductibles. Small business owners, seniors, and working families are losing access to doctors and pediatricians that they liked and that they trusted. Some in Washington have yet to come to terms with this, but the truth is people are hurting,” said Cantor.

Cantor said House Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and offer Americans a different option that would allow patients to have more choice.

“We're going to provide an alternative to Obamacare that is a better way in healthcare, that is affordable, that is patient-based, that will allow families to have access to the doctors they want and the hospitals they want to go to, and will do so at a cost they can afford. That's not what is being realized under Obamacare, even though the President promised as such," said Cantor.

Cantor added that if America is going to work it needs a healthcare system that works.