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People will believe what you do, not what you say

I recently saw this rebuttal to a social media post in support of Tedra Cobb: “I’m going to vote for Elise Stefanik. She’s doing a good job.” I immediately began to think of all the reasons why I think otherwise. It begins with Elise Stefanik’s healthcare voting record when she said “Yes” to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement, a decision that would have resulted in 23 million Americans losing their healthcare. (HR 596) She voted “Yes” to change the ACA’s definition of “full-time” from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. (HR 30) She continued her votes against affordable healthcare when she voted “No” to the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (HR3), a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and save taxpayers billions. And on Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 ( HR 986), she voted “No”.

Her unwavering support of Donald Trump makes perfect sense. And it goes beyond their unsavory campaign styles. He wants to end payroll taxes forever. Elise Stefanik wrote the GOP plan to privatize social security and raise the age of retirement.

From healthcare to the environment, to consumer protections, to Social Security, even the Violence Against Women Act, time and time again Elise Stefanik shows where her allegiances lie: The fossil fuel, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, the gun lobby and Wall Street. It’s been said, “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”

Tedra Cobb won’t be beholden to corporate donors. Her only concern as our representative will be to the lives and livelihood of the people of her district where she began her life in public service as a volunteer firefighter. Where she ran a community health agency helping thousands access healthcare. Where she was elected against all odds and re-elected to the St. Lawrence Legislature working across the isle to pass an ethics law. Tedra Cobb will continue the fight for affordable, accessible healthcare by supporting a public option. She will work to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. She will continue fighting for the North Country the way she has for the last 30 years. It’s time for NY 21 to have someone who cares about her constituents.

ROSEANN DORAN

Broadalbin

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