Congressman Tom Reed was visibly shaken at a town hall meeting in Erin, NY last Saturday when a constituent asked him a question regarding his family’s medical debt collection agency, RR Resource Recovery LLC.

“I find it very interesting to hear you say you feel that healthcare is a right, but the very business that you built in Corning is suing people that can’t pay their medical bills. How do you reconcile that?” she asked.

The congressman was unable to offer a coherent explanation.

“What we are trying to do is trying to make healthcare more affordable. I’m trying to make health insurance more affordable. And given the present path that we are on, we are seeing more and more people having exposure to higher co-pays, higher deduct—this is not sustainable. So, if I had some nefarious—if I had some nefarious motive, if I had some nefarious motive to not address this issue, or to address this issue in a personal way, for our financial gain, is what you’re claiming I’m doing—what is what you’re claiming I’m doing—what I’ve been saying, and I’m gonna do anything, but I’m trying to fix the problem. I am trying to fix the problem of what is occurring in America’s healthcare: higher co-pays, higher deductibles, and unless people have access to healthcare, because they don’t have insurance, because the insurance markets are collapsing as we speak. It is not right. I want to deal with this problem.”

The constituent continued to press Reed for an answer, stating that his wife, who works at the firm, brings in a “six-figure” salary, largely from “medical carriers that sue their patients when they can’t pay their bills.”

In September 2016 the Buffalo News reported that Reed’s wife “drew between $45,003 and $150,000 in income from the firm” in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

“How do you reconcile the fact that your firm where your wife still works, sues people when they can’t pay their bills,” the constituent said, “when you have told us all today that you believe healthcare is a right?”

According to the Better Business Bureau, RR Resource Recovery LLC has been in business for ten years and also uses Law Office of Thomas W. Reed II, PLLC as an alternate business name.

The RR Resource Recovery website offers almost no information about its business other than an address and phone number. As of Sunday, June 4, following his town hall meeting, the website is now “under construction”.

The Internet Archive last captured the website on October 2016 and can be viewed at this web address:

https://web.archive.org/web/20161008053748/http://twrlawoffice.com/

Members of the Indivisible NY 23 team have visited the RR Resource Recovery website as recently as two months ago and cannot verify the exact date the firm took the site down.

Reed Dodges Questions about Family’s Medical Debt Collection Firm
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8 thoughts on “Reed Dodges Questions about Family’s Medical Debt Collection Firm

  • June 6, 2017 at 12:03 am
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    This was an excellent question. This is what we need to do to at every town hall meeting. Hold him accountable. He clearly was rattled. Thanks you so much for asking the question, and filming the response.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 8:34 am
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    He is such a hypocrite. He doesn’t care at all for people who struggle, either with medical problems, and or financial problems. He and his family, and possibly other employees, are just making it harder for his constituents. And this only instigates more of his cronies to do the same thing. Shame, shame, shame.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 9:11 am
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    He is a list. I have had health insurance for 6 years and I have been paying rec recovery for that long because my health care blur cross blue shield did,not pay,enough. And,I worked for a,good,company that I had a 200 few and I had surgery and they only,paid 80 percent of,the,bill plus,all,the Dr,bills that it,didn’t,cover so,when,she,says he wants,it affordable he,is,full of,it,because I only,paid 72 every two weeks,and,that included vision,and,centre so when he says,he,is,for,the,people,he,is full of ####

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  • June 6, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    Keep pounding away at this; it will go a long way toward defeating him.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 10:47 am
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    Way to go Ms. Sonsire. Valid point. If he is reelected we deserve him.

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    • June 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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      Wow. This is the first time I’ve ever encountered someone shut-stuttering up the glib shinola-master Tom Reed, who likes to ignore his audience’s questions and immediately segue to his talking points. So brava! (Ex., at a recent town hall meeting, he was asked how the farmers are going to harvest their produce, grapes etc., without guest workers. His answer?–“I have several ideas about tax revision …”) Time for a dope-slap?

      Good work, folks! Reed has kissed the Rebublican hindquarters once too many times to continue as a believable representative for our district. I have voted for Republicans Amo Houghton and before him Randy Kuhl. Why? Because they worked hard for their constituents. Then, our district was gerrymandered until it resembled a misshapen sausage stretching all the way to Lake Erie, and Reed was elected. What has he been working on the last 8 years?

      Sitting back on his bohunkers, Tom Reed keeps collecting his pay from our tax dollars. What else is Tom Reed doing for us? Not much. Supposedly, the Republican answer to fixing Obama’s flawed health care plan that he voted down how many times? At what cost to the taxpayer for all of those needless votes? A plan which Trump and Reed promised to be the best health care ever. Except it, oops, cuts off seniors, homeless, developmentally disabled, children, vets, those with preexisting conditions, etc.

      When ObamaCare was proposed, the Republicans screamed, “Death panels!” And now it is Trump who has brought on healthcare’s death panels. As our air quality declines, one of many of Trump’s decisions, many young and elderly citizens will succumb to a combination of lack of insurance and bad air quality. That will be Tom Reed’s heritage.

      So who is screaming?

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      • June 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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        You are wrong. Reed is one of the few Republicans who not only continues to face his critics in town meetings across his district, but offers honest answers. You may disagree with him, but to accuse him of ducking questions is to distort the truth.

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  • June 7, 2017 at 6:45 am
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    Tom Reed is a hypocrite and an opportunist. He claims to be bipartisan but he toes the company (GOP) line. Correct me if I’m wrong, but did he not also benefit from government programs, like Paul Ryan, when his father died at an early age? He would now cut those same programs that aided his family at a time in need.
    Tom Reed received national attention from his town halls a few months ago. My wife, who lives in Southern California, saw him on the news there, not realizing he’s now my Congressional Representative. Since those early town hall meetings, he has repeatedly appeared on MSNBC, including several times in the past week alone, and has even appeared in a recent promo/commercial for MSNBC. He’s using the controversy generated at his town halls to raise his media presence.
    Tom Reed uses his position for self-serving purposes and he needs to be unseated. I grew up in this area but lived in SoCal for over 30 years. I relocated back here approximately two years ago. I donated to Martha Roberson’s campaign when I wasn’t even a resident of this District and I donated to John Plumb’s campaign last year.

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