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:
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.