For nearly two hours Wednesday evening, U.S. Rep. John Katko answered questions about veterans issues — and more — at his first public forum of the year.
The first hour of the listening session, which was held at the Wayne County Public Safety Building in Lyons, focused on veteran-related topics. Many of the questions asked Katko, R-Camillus, and panelists who joined him for the discussion about services available to veterans. Katko and his staff offered to assist veterans navigate the bureaucracy.
It was the last hour that Katko did what he has been accused of not doing: Take questions, in an open forum, on any topic.
He was peppered with questions about his health care stance and, specifically, whether he supports Medicare for all. Some Democrats have endorsed establishing a Medicare-for-all system, a form of single-payer health insurance, and eliminating the private insurance industry. Among those supporting this proposal is Dana Balter, Katko’s Democratic opponent in the 24th Congressional District race.