Obamacare is Bad News for Suffolk County

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare is awful news for the vast majority of Suffolk County residents.

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare is awful news for the vast majority of Suffolk County residents – specifically given our already struggling economy and the excessive burden already shoulder by the taxpayers who live here.

Despite repeated promises from President Obama and Congressman Tim Bishop to the contrary, the so-called “Affordable Care Act” they forced down our throats via backroom deals in Washington, DC has made healthcare LESS affordable for Suffolk County’s working families, seniors and small businesses.

What good is healthcare reform if it doesn’t lower the cost of healthcare?

As I campaign around the district, I repeatedly point to Congressman Bishop’s record of supporting higher taxes, more spending and irresponsible debt during his nearly 10 years in Washington, and explain how those policies have driven more than 30,000 jobs from Long Island. 

One of the most unfortunate consequences of this job exodus is that many of our young people are following the jobs to other parts of the country.  We are literally losing our future due to horrendous policy-making in Washington by Congressman Bishop and the rest of the politicians.

Unfortunately, the more than $500 billion in tax increases and $500 billion diverted from Medicare that we will be asked to endure will only exacerbate this problem, further cripple our economy and slow job creation.  Tim Bishop said Obamacare would be a panacea to our problems, when the reality is that it will only make our problems worse.

Are you as a fed up with business as usual in Washington, DC as I am?  Then let’s work together to do something about it.

If we want to change Congress, we need to start by changing the people in Congress – and that includes Congressman Bishop.

With your support, I will fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense reforms that are outlined in my 10-point jobs plan for Long Island, like lowering the cost of care by enabling insurance companies to compete across state lines and allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase healthcare for their employees; enacting comprehensive tort reform; putting medical decisions back in the hands of doctors and patients, not bureaucrats; and ensuring that we still protect those with pre-existing conditions.

I encourage you to read more about my 10-point jobs plan at www.Randy2012.com/jobsplan and join my campaign to change Washington today.

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JH July 09, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Emily believe it or not you SHARE the same country with the republican's and anyone who disagrees with you! So therefore it is also not about YOU as #1 ! All Tim Bishop has done for me is raise my taxes to ridiculous numbers and annoy me with his political phone calls and wasted paper in my mailbox. It's time for NEW BLOOD, NEW IDEAS, and a NEW point of view whether you like it or not.
Joanne Toresko July 09, 2012 at 03:58 AM
The federal government does not continue to pay the full cost of the tremendous expansion in Medicaid. If it did, our Supreme Court wouldn't have found, by a 7-2 margin, that forcing states to pay for the now unprecedented growth of Medicaid is unconstitutional. There's no genuine way of knowing if NYS would or would not save any money, because we don't know how many more people would qualify for coverage. The 500 billion dollar reductions in Medicare funding haven't been felt yet. They, like many of the less popular aspects of the new law, will not take affect until after the next election. Sadly, Congressman Bishop can offer no guarantees regarding Medicare promises. The healthcare law for which he voted includes the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which has the power to change Medicare policy without getting congressional approval first. He said he'd vote to repeal that board. He did not.
Walter Keenan July 09, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Ummm, parts of the act began when the bill was signed, there have been a few phases that have already taken place. I believe there is another in August followed by (2) others which ends the entire "phasing" in part in 2014. The act doesn't jump into full gear in 2014 it will have been totally phased in by then... Did you read the act?
Walter Keenan July 09, 2012 at 04:03 AM
The best way to solve the problem of someone not purchasing something they don't want. Charge them a fee for not having it... If only this made on small iota of sense. How do you purpose we make people pay a fee for something they don't want to purchase or can't afford to purchase in the first place?
Kev July 09, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Yes I did read it Mr Keenan and I am fully aware of the "phasing in" that has taken place. I was just pointing out Mr Altschuer's false statement that AHC has made healthcare less affordable.


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