Posted by: Ernest Barteldes | March 17, 2010

Open Letter to Rep. Mike McMahon (D-NY)

by Ernest Barteldes

Today I learned through the local news that once again you have chosen – against the wishes of the majority of your constituency – to vote against the Senate Health Care bill. You cannot imagine how disappointed I felt. After all, I voted for you believing that you – unlike former Rep. Vito Fossella – would represent those he didn’t. But apparently you represent the same moneyed interests he did – privileged Staten Islanders and Brooklyn residents who pretend to defend family and American values.

You should recall that you were elected thanks to the support Pres. Obama got from voters all over New York. More importantly, you only have your seat today because your predecessor was almost literally caught with his pants in his hand. During his tenure, those below a certain tax bracket were pretty much ignored in favor of the fat cats in Todt Hill. And it was those voters who helped place you in your seat – those who could benefit from health care and immigration reform.

There are thousands of people in this district that are in dire need of health insurance. At a recent visit to a local ER, I noticed how many people were there simply because they had no coverage and nowhere else to go. Those are the ones who have helped raise the cost of medical care in this state and around the country, for they are unable to pay for their hospital bills. Thanks to this situation, our premiums are becoming more and more expensive. And you are irresponsibly contributing to that.

But why would you care? You have coverage from Congress. The rest of us schmucks don’t

I noticed that you have gotten the support from many Republican luminaries in our district, like Borough President James Molinaro. Though that might seem like recognition for a job well done, it really means that you are really looking after their interests, not those of the ordinary New Yorker.

I am mostly a music journalist , but after observing the current state of affairs in Washington, Albany and elsewhere, I have decided become more political than I have been before. And though

just a voice in a crowd, I am surely a loud one. And unless you reconsider your current stance on Health Care, I will become one heck of a threat against your reelection this November.


  1. I second that, healthcare now!!!

  2. Michael,
    Do the right thing. Integrity is a gift and it is yours. We can’t play with Monopoly money forever.

  3. If the healthcare bill is good why are the DEMS having trouble passing it?
    If it is so good for me why are there exemptions and pork?

    This is an election year. IT CAN’T BE THAT GOOD!

    • The problem is politics. Today’s politicians are no longer crusaders… they just think about staying elected instead of making a difference.

  4. Since it is your decision to vote “No” on the health care (siding with the insurance company’s) I will be voting “NO” to you when your ask to be re election. I hope your friends in the insurance company’s will have a job for you

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