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Letters to the Editor October 12

October 12, 2016

New York Health Act: Malick—Yes, Bonacic—No

At a recent healthcare forum discussing ways to improve Sullivan County’s overall health and quality of life, Democratic senatorial candidate Primilla Malick emphatically affirmed her unqualified support of the New York Health Act, a revolutionary health insurance program that will provide vastly expanded healthcare coverage at greatly reduced cost to all New York residents, regardless of their age, income, pre-existing medical conditions, employment, or immigration status.

New York Health expands healthcare to cover everything Medicare does, plus dental, hearing aids, eyeglasses, prescription medications and more, while saving billions in healthcare costs. The Assembly has passed New York Health, but it remains stymied in the Senate.

Unlike Malick, the incumbent, Sen. John Bonacic did not state his position on New York Health at the healthcare forum, but his record speaks for itself. Over the years, he has consistently declined to co-sponsor the bill, help move it out of committee for a vote, or support passing New York Health into law in any way.

In a letter dated January 27, 2016, Bonacic declined to endorse the Sullivan County Legislature’s resolution supporting New York Health, stating he had “strong concerns... regarding patient choice and quality healthcare.”

As New York Health will cover all New York residents with vastly expanded healthcare at greatly reduced costs, with no out-of-network restrictions on medical service providers, it is hard to understand Sen. Bonacic’s reasoning here. It is not hard to choose which candidate will best serve the people of New York’s 42nd Senatorial District. On November 8, vote Pramilla Malick for New York State Senator.

Kathie Aberman
Liberty, NY

To FERC: No place for the pipeline upgrade in Sullivan

[The letter below was addressed to Kimberly D. Bose, secretary at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.]

Re: Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C