PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano talked with New Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews about his announcement earlier this week that he is leaving his position in Washington to take a job with a Philadelphia law firm.
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“What I’ve heard from my constituents, who understand this is a family decision that I’ve made, [they’ve] been very gracious and supportive. The outpouring of wonderful comments makes me very happy. I love being in the Congress, but I love my family more and that’s why I made this decision,” Andrews said.
Giordano questioned Andrews on the charges that have surfaced in conjunction with the announcement of his resignation, mostly focusing on the accusation that he used campaign funds to pay for family trips.
“The allegations aren’t true. Everything that has been alleged was heard, chapter in verse, in the last election campaign. People made their judgment, but it is an occupational hazard. Politics is different…it’s more of a blood sport,” Andrews responded.
Andrews was also asked to address some of the problems with the Affordable Care Act.
“There’s no question that there are people paying higher rates than they used to and that shouldn’t be. There should be a way to fix that, but there are many, many more people who are paying lower rates than they used to, particularly in the small business and individual group markets,” Andrews said.
Regarding President Obama’s statement about keeping your doctor and healthcare plan, Andrews reiterated, “Most people will be able to keep their doctor and their hospitals, some will not. They’ve made the adjustment so that people who want to hold on to plans that were grandfathered have more time to hold on to them…The vast majority of Americans have not seen a change in their health insurance because of this law.”