Congressman Valadao addresses concerns about health care, budget cuts

Congressman Davis Valadao speaks with people at a community resource fair Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

U. S. Representative David Valadao, R-Hanford, was on hand Saturday to answer questions from people attending the Community Action Partnership of Kern community resource fair.

The event was open to the public and helped to connect Kern County families to resources and services available to them.

Valadao said it was a great way to highlight what CAPK is doing, as well as talk face-to-face with his constituents.

"When I make a decision to vote on anything, you always want to make sure that every voice is heard and peoples' opinions are at least brought to my attention, so when I make those decisions I know how many people it affects," Valadao said.

Community members asked several questions about health care in light of the Republican plans for reforms.

"As of right now, I've pretty much told leadership and my constituents I'm undecided," Valadao said. "People are really nervous, and they should be. And when you look at health care policy, it's something very personal. That's their health. That's their family's health. And so it's something that people take very seriously."

Valadao said he has some concerns about health care policy.

"Making sure that the working poor have access to health care, making sure that those who are working and trying to make ends meat have the same opportunity as others, those are all things that I've brought up to leadership," he said. "I'm doing my best to listen to them and to balance the interests of everyone in the district and do what is best for all. There is always going to be folks that are going to be affected negatively on every piece of legislation. The Affordable Care Act hurt some people in my district and helped some people in my district. The goal is to minimize the hurt and maximize the help."

Valadao also addressed concerns about Trump's budget proposal.

"There is some positive, but there are some that make us very nervous, and so we are just going to have to figure out a way to negotiate with this president and get to a place where it's as beneficial to all as possible," he said.

Valadao said programs he hopes stay are ones that have a specific impact on the district.

"You look at WIC, you look at community developed block grants, you look at Head Start, those are all programs that have a real impact on my constituents. You look at the education spending, you want to make sure that is sufficient to take care of our kids, because you want to have kids off to a good start, that's the future, that's our future," Valadao said.

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