Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio may be 50 points ahead in the polls, but that isn’t stopping him from hitting his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, whenever he sees an open shot.
Today’s opportunity for the Democrat came when Mr. Lhota said in a WNYC interview that he believes Obamacare’s individual mandate should be postponed for a year because of alleged widespread confusion over its implementation. Read More
Although he condemns his party’s federal representatives for the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota today endorsed one of their top demands: delaying the individual health care mandate.
“It should be delayed for one year,” Mr. Lhota flatly said this morning in a WNYC radio interview with Brian Lehrer. Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg trashed Washington Republicans today for pushing the country to the brink of a partial government shutdown in their effort to block President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“This is an outrage. They cannot hold the country hostage to what is just plain and simple politics,” Mr. Bloomberg declared at an unrelated press conference this morning, raging at the concept of negotiating policy issues with the threat of shutting down the federal government. Read More
President Barack Obama said Republicans have tried to “discourage people from getting a good deal” by vilifying Obamacare during a sit-down with former President Bill Clinton this evening. Read More
Senator Chuck Schumer on Friday accused Republican lawmakers of holding the country “hostage” and predicted they’d lose a looming fight over the debt ceiling and government funding. Read More
Stumping in Staten Island last night, Anthony Weiner took a swipe at how President Barack Obama sold his signature health care initiative to the American public.
“I tried to make the point that I think President Obama never made very effectively, which is, health care is about the economy,” Mr. Weiner said in front of a Democratic club on the island’s North Shore. “We [have] such a large amount of our dollars being poured into health care for workers, those are dollars that can’t go into giving people wage increases.” Read More
Some time after last night’s mayoral forum ended, Anthony Weiner found himself defending President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law to an agitated woman.
Politicker approached a small commotion involving Mr. Weiner outside the Midwood public school, where the forum had been held, when it became clear one of the attendees wanted to do more than simply schmooze with the former congressman. Read More
“Yes! Yes! Yes! Come, come, ready?” Councilwoman Tish James hurriedly exclaimed when we started to ask her about today’s Supreme Court ruling on health care reform before a rally celebrating the vote on living wage legislation coming later today.
“So, today I like Roberts. I’m happy that the mandate was upheld. This is a great day for democracy, it’s a great day for the budget, it’s a great day for childcare and after school programs,” she answered. “So, overall, today’s a proud day!” Read More