Letter to the Editor: Stefanik Votes Hurt Health, Environment

Elise Stefanik talks big about serving northern New York. She has claimed, for instance, to “protect the environment.” But acid rain is returning to our region, thanks to Stefanik’s votes to stymie environmental regulators (REINS Act) and delay pollution controls back in 2015 (H.R. 2042).

Rep. Stefanik also purports to “improve quality and increase accessibility (to health care).” Yet in voting for the AHCA, she voted to weaken protections for insurees with pre-existing conditions, block-grant Medicaid (restricting eligibility and benefits) and strip tens of thousands of constituents of their insurance coverage. Health care costs have continued to balloon under Stefanik’s tenure.

Rep. Stefanik has displayed callousness toward older citizens in our district. She has written that “planning for retirement can be a daunting task,” a situation only exacerbated by her vote for H.J. Res. 2, which would’ve liquidated Social Security’s $3 trillion account held for future benefits.

One thing Rep. Stefanik has not talked meaningfully about has been conditions for working families. Their quality of life is of little concern to her. She prefers to tour businesses, chat up bosses and collect checks from hedge funds, corporations and dark-money PACs.

Contrast all of this with Stefanik’s competitor in this November’s election, Tedra Cobb, who has eschewed corporate PAC money and accounts it a privilege to concern herself with the well-being of her neighbors in our district. And workers and their families have taken notice. Cobb recently received the unanimous endorsement of New York’s AFL-CIO. She is endorsed by the New York State United Teachers Union and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. These hardworking people of the North Country recognize that their interests will be served much more faithfully by Tedra Cobb than they have been in four years under Elise Stefanik.

Ben Landry, Canton

From a Letter to the Editor originally published in Post Star, dated August 27, 2018.

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