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Their Money’s Worth

After seeing a recent Lee Zeldin campaign ad, I can only assume Mr. Zeldin thinks he is running against New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio. Most of the ad is taken up with the claim that Democrat de Blasio is soft on crime.

The ad also implies that if Nancy Goroff, a former Stony Brook University scientist and Mr. Zeldin’s congressional opponent, is elected, no man, woman or child will be safe.

Now, I must concede that Bill de Blasio is probably my least favorite Democrat. He’s right up there with Anthony Weiner. But he has appointed a tough-on-crime police commissioner, and New York remains one of the safest cities in America.

The Zeldin ad is similar to some recent Trump rhetoric on safety in the suburbs. According to the president, if Joe Biden is elected, criminals will be running amok in suburbia. Not only that, but MS-13 gang members will be moving next door to us. Do they even know what houses cost out here?

Why are Lee Zeldin and Donald Trump trying to scare us out of our wits? Could it possibly be that they do not want us to be talking about issues like health care, the environment, our economy, or the disaster the Trump administration has been on the international front?

I do not have enough room in this letter to discuss all of the aforementioned issues, so I will address only one: the disaster that is the Republican Party’s position on health care.

The Republican Party has been promising to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act for 10 years. Thanks to the courage of Senator John McCain, they were unable to repeal it through legislation. So they are now in court trying to get the act declared unconstitutional.

If they are successful millions of hardworking Americans will lose their health care insurance and will face bankruptcy if they suffer any major medical issues. Their sons and daughters, who can now be covered by parental insurance up to age 26, will be left to fend for themselves. And anyone with a pre-existing health condition will be at the mercy of the insurance companies.

This will all happen during a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and an economy that has left millions of Americans unemployed and uninsured.

President Trump has lied to the American people numerous times by saying he would be unveiling a “phenomenal” health care plan “very shortly.” We are waiting, Mr. President. We are waiting, Mr. Zeldin.

Lee Zeldin has received over $600,000 from pharmaceutical and insurance company lobbyists. It looks like they are getting their money’s worth.

John Neely

Westhampton

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