Three Candidates on the Issues — Health Care

Andrew McCarthy: Big pharma’s predatory practices have left our nation sicker and poorer than ever before. Costs are going up, life expectancy is going down, enough is enough. Solutions like price transparency, disruptive innovation, cheaper and more readily available generic drugs, and a change in research and development regulations are areas in which I have professional and policy research experience. Bringing down the cost of essential medications like insulin will be my top commitment in office. I support a means tested public healthcare option for those who cannot afford private insurance. My office will also commit to protect Medicare without hesitation. American’s have paid into Medicare for decades and our seniors deserve to enjoy their retirement with good and affordable healthcare. 

Rich Moon: Patients must become the center and priority of healthcare coverage. Huge companies control too much. We need common-sense solutions that will allow New Yorkers to receive the highest quality in medical care without the government’s constant overreach. Front line nurses, doctors, nurses, providers, and support personnel are the caring lifeblood of our system. The bureaucracy gets in their way of caring for us.

Joseph Sempolinski: Joe is against single payer health care. A government run health care system will not allow the competition needed to drive costs down and stimulate innovation. The key to getting people access to care is lowering costs not government control.

The COVID vaccine was a major achievement of the Trump administration. It should be available to all who want it, especially those at high risk of COVID complications. However, Joe is against government mandates forcing people to take the vaccine to work, attend school or participate in the life of our nation.

Does Andrew McCarthy favor allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices? Build Back Better would lower the cost of insulin, but few if any Republicans support it. Would Rich Moon support single payer to eliminate the insurance industry bureaucracy? If competition would drive costs down, why hasn’t that happened yet, Joe?

Vaccine mandates save lives, don’t you know?

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10 Responses to Three Candidates on the Issues — Health Care

  1. josephurban says:

    BS non-answers. Americans pay more for health care than any other industrialized nation. Much more than “single payer systems”. The myth that health care can be provided cheaper by the “marketplace” has been debunked long ago. Same old crap. In other words, these candidates have no real policies except to keep things as they are.

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  2. whungerford says:

    The three candidates express markedly different views. Surprisingly, none complained about the Affordable Health Care law.


  3. Arthur Ahrens says:

    I’m going to spend as little time as possible discussing congressional candidates for NY23. Now’s as good a time as any to get it out of the way.

    1. The Democrats will not field anyone who can possibly win. Tracy Mitrano again?? LOL
    2. Having seen the number of comments accusing Tom Reed of being a RINO – all on account of ONE LOUSY VOTE against Trump, I can clearly see that the ONLY criteria that will be evaluated by the Republican voters of this district will be the amount of Trumpiness exhibited by the candidate.
    3. Since it has been demonstrated time and again that the Democrats are out numbered, out maneuvered, and provide candidates completely unacceptable to NY23 voters, the winning candidate will be a Republican.

    In sum, the next congressional rep for NY 23 will be a VERY TRUMPY REPUBLICAN. At least it will be very entertaining watching them competing to out-Trump each other!

    No further discussion is necessary.


  4. whungerford says:

    Of the three active Republican candidates, none mention the former President promently on their web pages. Andrew McCarthy did write “Donald Trump is the head of our party and nation. He will lead in 2022, 2024, and beyond.” As you know, these candidates may run in a more Democratic district than NY-23. If it must be one of these three, which do you favor?


  5. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Guess that I did not make myself clear.

    ANY Republican candidate for the Congress or the Senate had better toe the Trump line or risk being excommunicated (at best) OR having their and their family lives threatened.
    Whoever wins will do what he is told. Period.

    So they are interchangeable parts. Indistinguishable.


  6. josephurban says:

    I agree with Arthur on this one.Trump has the GOP by the short hairs. Especially new candidates who have no following outside of him. Reed was probably one of the few who, while he supported Trump 99%, did not support the attempt to overthrow the Constitution.This part of NY is heavily GOP and a head of cabbage could beat any Dem as long as it was on the GOP line in the ballot. That said, I am not sure how redistricting may effect that.


  7. whungerford says:

    It makes a difference to me who is nominated and likely elected. I want to be represented by as reasonable and responsible a person as possible. I don’t agree that electing a respectable representative is impossible, especially in a future district, which may be less safe for a Republican.


  8. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Reasonable and Responsible Republican??
    Two questions—
    What do you think happened on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol?
    How was the one year anniversary observed by Democrats? How was it observed by Republicans?


  9. whungerford says:

    C. S. Lewis addressed these questions in the Narnia Chronicles: those who worship a false God for the right reasons are also saved.


  10. Arthur Ahrens says:


    That’s quite the swerve from the discussion!!! I don;t remember reading about the 1/6/2021 in any of Lewis’s works.

    And once again, no answer to the asked question.

    My participation ends here.


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