Massa (NY-29) On the Health Care Bill

7 Nov

Congressman Eric Massa, Democrat from NY-29, will be voting against HR 3962, the current iteration of the health care reform bill.  Whether you’re for or against health insurance reform of any kind, you have to hand it to Massa for standing on principle.  At Netroots Nation, Massa said that he thought single-payer healthcare was the best for insuring all people and keeping costs down.  He would vote for a true, vigorous public option, but not anything less than that, regardless of whether or not the White House supported it.

Well, it’s crunch time and Massa is staying true to his word:

“It is exceptionally painful to me to not be able to bring a common sense bill on health care reform to my district, but I will not vote on something that I think will hurt the people who sent me to Washington, regardless of how popular it may be,” Massa said.

He was asked about whether this would make the White House angry,

If I am, it wouldn’t be the first time,” Massa replied. “Everybody loves an independent member of Congress until you’re independent. I have great respect for the chief executive, but I do not work for him. I work for the people of the 29th Congressional District, and in a larger sense, the United States of America. The president is not my boss under any circumstances. And the Constitution says very clearly that the minute I consider him to be my boss, I should no longer hold this office.”

This guy, I like.

12 Responses to “Massa (NY-29) On the Health Care Bill”

  1. Mike In WNY November 7, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Shorter Massa, He’s not voting for the health care bill because it is not bad enough.

  2. mike hudson November 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    i like him too, alan. the house is poised to pass a bill that is essentially a gift to the insurance companies, netting them around 39 million new customers and providing for prison terms for those who willfully refuse to buy insurance. the senate won’t even consider its bill until after the first of the year.

  3. Adam K. November 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    So….way way way better than what have now isn’t okay because its not way way way way better?

    Hey Eric: Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.

  4. mike hudson November 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    what, exactly, is “way way better” about a five-year prison sentence for not helping to make the insurance companies even richer than they already are? the simple fact is that americans were promised universal health care by barack obama during the runup to last year’s presidential election. he way way way lied.

  5. Ray November 7, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    Like everything else Congress has done meddling in healthcare over the last 50 years, whatever they do now will be way way way bad.

    So where do Massa and the collectivist boys here get off claiming “single-payer healthcare was the best for insuring all people and keeping costs down.”?  I’ve never seen any government healthcare abomination anywhere in the world that has kept costs down. Unless rationing, price controls and fudged budgets are considered legitimate methods to keep costs down in Utopialand.

    • Bob November 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm #

      @ Ray:
      I hate to go on a forum and call someone an idiot, but you’re an idiot. I’m familiar with the practice of cherry-picking reports when they support your opinion and dismissing them when they don’t, but didn’t the WHO show how the U.S. gets far less for their health care dollar than dozens of other countries? Didn’t we just beat out Sudan.
      You’re opinion is welcome. Your ignorance is not.

  6. Mike Walsh November 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    All you liberal/progressive/socialist leaning folks should be careful of what you wish for. You”re about to get more socialism for big corporations….the banking and financial bailout should have woke you up from your fantasies….

  7. kris November 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Socialism – bring it on!

  8. Mike Walsh November 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    Socialism for big business, Kris…..when are the progressives going to finally figure out that the dems are duping them?….

  9. Adam K. November 8, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Mike Walsh:

    Government Deregulation of banks through Gramm-Leach-Bliley causing the worst financial crisis in history followed by the Government being the only people since who have been able to effectively control these banks through regulations on exec pay, bonuses, lending practices, and such…should have woken “socialists” up from their fantasies? 

    Cus it seems like the record makes the opposite point.

  10. Mike Walsh November 8, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    @ Adam K.:

    “Government being the only people since who have been able to effectively control these banks through regulations on exec pay, bonuses, lending practices, and such”

    Control them? The government not only did nothing to control them but bailed them out with our money. They should all be bankrupted and their top executives indicted for fraud. Obama has done nothing different than Bush except a little lip service for public consumption.

  11. barney November 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    Do we have “rationing” of health care now?
    What is more important to the health insurance company? Seeing you get better or the bottom line?
    Our current system is so broken- it is in the best interest many hospitals, doctors and medical professionals to prescribe more and more procedures if the entity gets paid by the procedure. That is one the problems with Medicare.

    As for Barack lying? Come on, he is trying his best to get health care for all. He is using every ounce of political capital on health care to the determent of his presidency. To say he is lying is wrong, to say he may fail is correct but the man is certainly trying, which is much more than GWB did to fix health care.

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