Saturday, November 7, 2009

He read the New Jersey election returns

First term Democratic representative McMahon from Staten Island in New York City is a "no" on Obamacare.

"Rep. Michael McMahon will vote against the sweeping health care reform bill, in an expected House vote tomorrow, bucking the White House and Democratic congressional leaders who are heavily invested in seeing it pass. "As a candidate for Congress in 2008, I ran on the platform of reforming our healthcare system while containing costs and improving access for Staten Islanders and Brooklynites," McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said in a press release. "This legislation contains laudable reforms which I support; it allows individuals to keep coverage when they leave a job and young people to remain covered under their parents' plan, and bans discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. However, I believe that the net negatives of this bill outweigh the positive effects for Staten Island and Brooklyn residents and I will be voting no when the House considers the legislation." Sources said voters on both sides of the bridge are "overwhelmingly opposed" to the bill -- and have let McMahon know it. At a raucous public forum he hosted here last month, dozens of agitated Islanders decried the bill as a form of socialism. Reaction in Brooklyn has been slightly less vitriolic, but nearly just as opposed. A source said e-mails, phone calls and letters to McMahon's congressional offices have been running 60-40 against the bill. McMahon, a first-term Democrat in what has been a reliably red Republican district, has had Tea Party protests staged across the street from New Dorp office on the issue."

Pelosi and Obama can afford to lose 40 Democratic votes on Obamacare. The real battle among Democrats in Washington today is over who gets to be one of those 40, and whether they can hold it to only 40.

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