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Health care reform march held in Sag Harbor

I attended the rally and I would like to thank all the organizers for putting together the event. Looking around me I did not see any left wing, socialist, agitators, but a group of well-spoken, considerate and caring individuals who believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.

We will get health care reform this year and that will be the base upon which we can build further reforms until the day that, as Bill Moyer said, "Health is not a commodity, but a condition."

To razza, if you really think that insurance companies are even close to offering the best care at the best price then you are entirely out of the loop. Health care should NOT be about profit. Have you ever tried to appeal a denial? Come on. In the interest of full disclosure, do you work in the insurance or medical industries? " Sep 8, 09 11:54 AM

Six-year-old is fighting hunger, foregoing gifts

You should be very proud of yourself, Lilly. What you have done will serve as an example to many kids and I bet you're story will even inspire some to do the same. Happy Birthday" Sep 8, 09 5:32 PM

Obama's speech to students will be shown at EH Middle School after uproar

I am sure that the majority of parents with children in East Hampton Middle School were more than happy to have their kids watch the President speak of such important issues to our kids. So why is it that the school decided to err on the side of ignorance, hate and fear? What message does it send to the school children to say we will not join the rest of the country and watch the speech live? The kids could simply have opted out and went to a study session in the cafeteria.

Mr. Gaultieri, how many parents told you they did not want the speech shown? What you have done is to minimize the office of the presidency and his extremely important message of personal responsibility and education not to mention having missed a great opportunity to teach critical thinking. " Sep 8, 09 9:31 PM

No new settlements in Empire and Alliance negotiations

Mr. Blumenthal, you say that we are witnessing a virtual monopoly and then you suggest we let free market competition put the pressure on Empire?! It is free market competition that brought us here in the first place and what is needed is reform and regulation. Instead you advocate buying insurance from another state. What if that state has even less regulation than New York? Your post is nothing more than a simple-minded parroting of republican talking points. As to your question: No, you should not." Sep 8, 09 9:38 PM

Supervisor Kabot will fight DWI charge, stay in race

If you are pulled over for drinking and driving and you are sober, you take a breathalyzer. When you are caught red-handed the thing to do is not to blame others, but to own up. This is a pattern with Linda Kabot. Blame someone else. Ms. Kabot can be forgiven for making a mistake, however, IF she is indeed guilty, her reaction to her bust is entirely inappropriate and speaks to a serious character flaw. " Sep 10, 09 6:05 PM

No new settlements in Empire and Alliance negotiations

Yearrounder, I am with you. Unregulated, free-market capitalism is destroying the American way of life. Many seem to have forgotten the lessons of the Wall Street and Banking crises we are still facing.

Tax cuts to the rich, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and unregulated financial markets have brought us to the brink. Even republicans agree that unless something is done our economy will collapse under the weight of health care costs, the difference is they want to maintain the status quo for as long as possible. America is fast becoming not a socialist country, but a Corporatocracy where big business is in control.

As for collusion in the insurance industry - yes, it most definitely exists. In fact, The American Medical Association and a number of state medical associations have filed class action lawsuits against a number of health insurance companies, accusing them of engaging in price fixing in order to underpay doctors and increase the charges paid by patients.
" Sep 11, 09 1:44 PM

Forgot to mention: How about some proof of collusion right here at home:

Ingenix parent company UnitedHealth has already settled a similar lawsuit for $350 million. In order to avoid prosecution by the state of New York, the company also agreed to establish a new database under the supervision of that state's attorney general. UnitedHealth and Aetna have each agreed to contribute $20 million toward this database, while WellPoint has agreed to pay $10 million.

source: http://www.naturalnews.com/026740_insurance_companies_health_doctors.html if you'd like to read more." Sep 11, 09 1:47 PM

Razaa, respectfully, you are wrong about Fannie Mae. First established in 1938 as a government agency, Fannie Mae in 1968 became a private, shareholder-owned company with a charter from Congress requiring the company to support the housing finance system. On September 7, 2008 the government placed them into Conservatorship.

I don't know about yearrounder, but I am a small business owner and I can tell you this: there is no choice in private insurance. They collude (as I've shown) to keep prices high and there is little to no choice as they all provide lousy service for exorbitant prices. If you're talking about the best quality product at the best price, then give me a real option. A public option that breaks what is essentially a private insurance monopoly.

I too believe that your assertion that private insurance companies are more trustworthy than government is more than a bit naive. If a private company screws you the government has established laws that allow you redress but good luck trying to win against a multi-million dollar corporation. If you feel the state and federal governments are screwing you than use your vote to make a difference. That is what I and millions of others did in 2006 and 2008. We voted for a change and universal health care. We won that election and elections have consequences.
" Sep 11, 09 4:11 PM

Razaa, interesting - you bring up Fannie Mae as an example of a gov't run agency that doesn't work. When provided with factual data that disproves your point you say "LOL that's for another time." This constant flow of misinformation from those against health care reform is what drives me mad. You only want to discuss a point that suits your argument and then drop it when disproved, but that is not healthy debate.

I am not only concerned for myself, but for those who have no access to any affordable insurance. I sincerely hope that we will join the rest of the world democracies and one day provide universal coverage for all of our citizens. To me, anything less is a compromise and a give-away to private insurance crooks. " Sep 12, 09 12:31 PM

Empire doctors will remain in-network

A new study finds that a majority of physicians support the creation of a public health care option.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday's New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option. Only 27 percent support a private-only reform that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance." Sep 14, 09 7:47 PM

President addresses nation and Congress as health care debate continues on East End

The right wing says, "Control costs", but proposes no real way of doing so aside from the same old, long-since disproved gimmicks of tort reform and tax breaks. You trust your doctor? Do you want to stay with your doctor? Then listen to what doctors have to say:

A new study finds that a majority of physicians support the creation of a public health care option.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday's New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option. Only 27 percent support a private-only reform that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance." Sep 14, 09 7:50 PM

Empire doctors will remain in-network

I know many folks like to ignore facts, but that just means they need to be repeated.

A new study finds that a majority of physicians support the creation of a public health care option.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday's New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option. Only 27 percent support a private-only reform that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance." Sep 15, 09 8:15 AM

President addresses nation and Congress as health care debate continues on East End

A new study finds that a majority of physicians support the creation of a public health care option.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday's New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option. Only 27 percent support a private-only reform that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance." Sep 15, 09 8:16 AM

From Mr. Blumenthal's site: "First, we should be clear about the goal we are trying to reach. Unless there's a great reason to get involved, government should stay out of people's lives."

Good idea, Mr. Blumenthal. As you are so anxious to keep government out of health care, if you are serious about running for office, perhaps you should start by making a pledge to refuse to accept medicare and, if you should happen to get elected, refuse any public health plan offered government employees and their families paid for by tax payer dollars.

" Sep 15, 09 8:22 AM

East Hampton residents rally for health care reform

For those of you who believe we don't need healthcare reform, read the following.


The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for wrongly revoking the insurance policy of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. The court called the 2002 decision by the insurance company "reprehensible."

That's the most an insurance company has ever been ordered to pay in a case involving the practice known as rescission, in which insurance companies retroactively cancel coverage for policyholders based on alleged misstatements - sometimes right after diagnoses of life-threatening diseases.

The ruling emerges from a conservative Southern state with one of the most pro-business climates in the country. And it comes as progressive Democrats on Capitol Hill are pressing for health care reforms, such as a public insurance option, that reflect wariness about the private insurance industry's motives.
" Sep 17, 09 11:50 AM

Report says anti-immigrant atmosphere in Suffolk County fuels violence

Mr. Shaw, do you really believe that this comment by youteast should remain on this board: "Kill the little beasties after all they forced their way into the country then . . ." There must be limitations especially when the poster advocates killing." Sep 17, 09 2:53 PM

East Hampton residents rally for health care reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday.

"We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction ... than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. David Himmelstein, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, said in an interview with Reuters.

Overall, researchers said American adults age 64 and younger who lack health insurance have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who have coverage." Sep 18, 09 9:12 AM

Tim Bishop pushes the House to pass college aid bill

Mo, A quick look through Mr. Blumenthal's website and you will immediately notice that he is an anti-regulation, corporate-give-away-loving, Bush-school republican. It is hard to believe that there are still those on the right clinging to the failed policies of Bush, but Mr. Blumenthal seems determined to play a role in bringing back those very same policies that led this country to the brink of economic collapse.
" Sep 20, 09 6:22 PM

Local brokers skeptical Empire and Alliance will settle

Let's stop protecting health insurance companies and start caring for our citizens. " Sep 22, 09 4:02 PM

Southampton Town department heads try to dodge layoffs

13 years makes her the most experienced and the most culpable. " Sep 23, 09 9:37 PM

Town housing officials walk out of civics meeting in East Quogue

Why do people keep fighting affordable housing? These are not skyscraper housing projects with barbed wire fences, they are meant to be homes for people who live and work here, homes for people who contribute in many ways. What happens when working people cannot find affordable housing? They leave. What happens when they leave? Businesses close. We have shortages of firemen, police, nurses, teachers, low wage and manual laborers (the housing is for citizens so don't starts screaming about "illegals")

Ms. Holst is right - we have single mothers, fathers, and newlyweds who cannot afford to buy and need alternatives. The town trustees must not give in to ignorance and fear, but fight for working people and quality of life issues.

Contrary to what some may believe, study after study has shown that affordable housing does NOT devalue neighboring homes. Studies by Habitat for Humanity have shown that the location of affordable housing has no significant impact on the conditions which determine property values. This includes rentals. (read more here http://hfhi.org/how/propertyvalues.aspx)

Suffolk county gave the town the land with the stipulation that it be used for affordable housing and rentals are a perfectly suitable solution. What has happened to the American spirit of helping those less fortunate than ourselves? Of doing a kindness for a neighbor? None of us is more than one step away from needing the help of others." Sep 30, 09 5:11 PM

Jessica, you are completely correct. What you have to remember is that there are a lot of bitter, fearful, people out here who do not think of the world beyond their own front yards. Put quite simply, they don't care about you.

So what caring residents need to do is go to Town Board meetings, write the trustees and speak up as eloquently as you have done here. Don't let the ignorant win simply because they can yell louder. " Oct 1, 09 9:46 AM

I agree, Goldenrod. It is not charity. It is not welfare. It is not a government handout. This is about community and helping those who need a hand. " Oct 2, 09 1:38 PM

Kabot DWI case moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court

Yes, we know, the cops are corrupt and out to get Linda, breathalyzers lie, Anna Throne Holst knows where Amelia Earhart is but won't tell anyone, and Kabot is the best town supervisor since Floyd the barber. I have to run now, the police have come to take my children." Oct 6, 09 7:49 PM

I believe Noah's Way was being sarcastic." Oct 7, 09 8:12 AM

Treewoman, the reporter is quoting people, hence the quotes. The first instance "innocence" was a quote from Ms. Keahon. In the second instance, "overzealous", the reporter is quoting Ms. Kabot. Perfectly proper grammar." Oct 7, 09 8:16 AM

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