Owens: Not 'much push back' on healthcare vote

Freshman Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) hasn't gotten an earful from his constituents since the healthcare reform bill passed.


"Most of the comments that have been made to me have been favorable to my health care vote,” Owens told the Albany Times-Union. "I have not had much push back from people on that issue. If I have had … I f you want to describe it as negative, it's more been people saying, 'I don't understand the legislation, how is it going to affect me?' Normally I will give them a run-down of a few things that I think may impact them directly, and then ask them if they can to describe their circumstances to me, so I can talk to them specifically."

Owens said he wasn't sure if the healthcare bill would remain an issue in the campaign until November.

"There's a lot of time between now and November," Owens said. "I think from my experience and the information that we've culled … the primary issue for people is jobs -- that was 44 percent -- and 25 percent were concerned with health care as their number one issue."

If healthcare does linger as an issue, it could benefit Democrats, he added.

"I think that what I believe will happen over time relative to the health care bill, is that as people find out that many of the statements that were made on the internet and newspapers are in fact either false or half truths, and as people learn how the bill is going to affect them and the bill is not going to affect them and the fact that the world has not come to an end after the passage of health care, as was threatened," Owens said. 

This cycle Owens faces a rematch with 2009 Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.