Some Politicians Earn Their Pay
Some of our local politicians do earn their pay. Rep. Anthony Weiner has become one of the leading national voices for real health care reform. By allowing Americans to choose to be directly insured for health care without rejection for pre-existing conditions, without higher rates for small businesses and individuals, without lifetime limits on care, and without 30 percent of the funds going to profits, advertising and bonuses, he is working for a system that would benefit all Americans.
Rep. Gregory Meeks has stepped into a delicate situation by telling Gov. David Patterson that he should put the future of New York State ahead of his own political career. Lack of experience in management, difficulty in getting information from a broad variety of sources and the failure of the state to build sufficient reserves during more prosperous times have left our governor unpopular and without the power to raise enough money to meet the cost of health care and education in New York State.
Sen. Charles Schumer, who formerly represented Rockaway in the House of Representatives, will be play ing a key part in getting the health care bill through the U.S. Senate. To overcome the unanimous opposition of the Republicans, Schu - mer is working to help put together a bill that will get enough Democratic votes to pass the Senate and then become law to bring our spiraling health care costs under control and make access to quality care available to almost all Americans.
Local residents, New York State, and the American people will benefit if our representatives are successful.