Feld Criticizes Gillibrand Over Health-Care Bill

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As she considers a run for the U.S. Senate next year, Larchmont Liz Feld knocked her potential opponent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over the health-care bill the Senate passed early today.

In a statement, Gillibrand said, “Today is a great day for New York families. There are 2.7 million New Yorkers who are now one step closer to getting affordable, quality health care coverage, which will also reduce the hidden tax to New York for caring for the uninsured. Now, that ishealthbill a historic Christmas.”

She added that the legislation will provide coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans and lower costs, while 1.6 million New Yorkers and 249,000 small businesses will receive tax credits to purchase health coverage.

Gillibrand and Schumer have been under fire by Gov. David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the health-care bill would cost New York more than $1 billion a year.

Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Harlem, said he won’t let New York get hurt when the House and Senate seek to reach an agreement, and Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, has taken issue with the Senate version.

For her part, Feld said “Kirsten Gillibrand delivered coal in the stockings of New Yorkers this morning by voting for a healthcare bill that will cost us more than a billion dollars every year in lost Medicaid funds, according to Governor Paterson. Mayor Bloomberg warned that the bill could force hundreds of healthcare facilities across New York City to close. ”

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said “Thanks to Kirsten Gillibrand’s vote, the U.S. Senate passed a costly government-run health care bill today that will be paid for by New York families, seniors, and small businesses that are already struggling to make ends meet.”

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  1. The senate bill is a joke and is a BIG FAT CHRISTMAS GIFT for the insurance industry. Nothing that the Majority of Americans wanted is in that senate bill. They should call it like it is, the Joe Lieberman Bill. But unfortunately to maintain their invitations to White House parties and fancy Washington dinners the Main Stream Media will surly praise this bill as a glorious achievement and that if it failed now it will not be done for an ice age. I say if they cant give the people a public option then scrap it. If Health Care will be half as bad as predicted than it is impossible to believe people will not be screaming for REAL REFORM within 1 or 2 more ears.

  2. Kirsten Gillibrand also believes Marijuana smokers are violent and create crime. What a schmo. Someone this disconnected from reality should not be in charge of anything. Times change and so should our representatives.

  3. Wow – Every Democrat in the Senate voted for this bill because it was the best bill possible under the circumstances.
    Why would someone pick on Kirsten Gillibrand who would have loved a public option as part of the bill. How about some nasty comments for Joe Lieberman and the others who watered it down? This bill is the “Foot in the Door” and the Republicans know it.