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NY Conressman Paul Tonko: Republicans Face Political Fallout

New York Congressman Paul Tonko
Lucas Willard

New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, says his Republican colleagues could face political fallout if the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act gives way to a successful program in the long term. Tonko spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.

"Well, I think the political risks in their approach are tremendous. They have approached this in a way to discredit, dismantle and hopefully repeal. And I think that they go at it from that angle because they know if it is given a chance to run and run appropriately, it could be the greatest thing since sliced bread," said Tonko.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.