To the Times of Ti:
After reading the article about Matt Doheny’s new run for Congress I came away wondering what could the taxpayer expect from someone who twice couldn’t control himself and paid fines for two, “boating-under-the-influence” incidents! This in itself should disqualify Mr. Doheny as it shows poor judgment. We already have enough people serving in Congress with poor judgment and we need another one like a hole in the head!
Voters only have to listen to Doheny’s take on healthcare to see he doesn’t know the needs of ordinary citizens. He states that if elected he aims to “roll back” the Affordable Care Act! This means hundreds of thousands of college students will lose health insurance because their parents won’t be able to keep them on their policies. It also means millions of people on Medicare will be paying more for needed medications as well as co-pays. Those with pre-existing conditions will have to go back to not being able to be insured or forced to pay exorbitant rates with high deductibles. If this is what people want Doheny will certainly make sure they get it.
He has much to say about Medicare but nothing to say when it comes to supporting it. His answers are in lock step with the likes of those who want to put Medicare out of sight for young people who have paid into the system.
I would ask Mr. Doheny if he has a plan to put in place if is elected and he and his fellow Republicans succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act? With so many Americans living at the poverty level how will they get healthcare when needed? Will those that lose their homes due to catastrophic illness be given any form of help? Republicans have told us since 2010 when the Affordable Care Act became law, that those on Medicare Advantage plans would either lose them or that co-pays would skyrocket! I, and many of my family and friends have been on Medicare Advantage Plans and nobody I know has lost their plan or had big changes. In point of fact my co-pays have decreased over the past 4 years!
Mr. Doheny states that he knows the people of the “North Country” and their needs. He speaks about “over-regulation” and wants the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to back off on protecting the public from possible contamination of our food by spillage or pesticides. He speaks of any regulation that protects the taxpayers with scorn. As an investment banker I am sure his income is far above those who work the farms and small industries he talks about helping. He has no idea how those working for minimum wage have to support families and try to have health insurance. Most have to work two jobs while the Republicans in Washington refuse to raise the minimum wage. Mr. Doheny is ready to add his voice if elected to keep people in low wage jobs in poverty.
My take on candidate Doheny is that if taxpayers want a carbon copy of what already exist in Washington they should vote for Doheny. If people want to lose their Medicare and health insurance he is the one that will do his best to make their wish come true. If people don’t care about the quality of food again Doheny is the candidate! Mr. Doheny has twisted facts as every Republican candidate has done and there are those who take his word as gospel. In closing let me remind everyone of David Hannum a rival of P.T. Barnum who said “There’s a sucker born every minute,” and Matt Doheny knows it!
Gary P. Guido