Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
As President Obama’s Healthcare Legacy Tour continues on, we are told over and over that healthcare is front and center as an issue for most Americans. It’s a “kitchen table issue,” according to White House Press Secretary and chief propagandist Robert Gibbs, unelected policy maker David Axelrod, and White House arm-twister-in-chief Rahm Immanuel.
Funny though, here in Mineola, a village with an enormous university hospital and dozens of outpatient medical offices, there has been no public debate on healthcare.
Our Congresswoman, Carolyn McCarthy, has not held a town hall meeting since the new President initiated his healthcare obsession project, all while the unemployment rate is above 10 percent and we are at war in two countries against murderous Islamic fanatics.
I have written to Mrs. McCarthy on the issue, and the response is typical — a letter written by one of her staffers, my name misspelled, with some tired Democratic talking points using the word “reform” often, but not addressing any concrete ideas or issues.
It is not too late for Mrs. McCarthy to have a town hall meeting. I think the people have many questions about Obamacare. Maybe we could have a town hall meeting on healthcare in Mineola among the people and some professionals who know something about the healthcare system, like doctors and nurses and healthcare administrators.
I am not impressed by the range of knowledge I see among politicians on healthcare issues, and I think they are highly unqualified to be making such important decisions that will so significantly affect our future.
President Obama cares little about what Mineola residents think about the healthcare system and Congresswoman McCarthy is only waiting in the background, ready to vote “yes” to whatever Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants her to vote “yes” to, regardless of the economic damage it will do to Mineola and our country.
James J. Di Maio, MD