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Letter: 'Centrist' Dems and Obamacare

The Internet health insurance exchange on Oct.

The Internet health insurance exchange on Oct. 21, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

Newsday published an extensive piece gauging the left/right ideological swing of Long Island's congressional delegation ["LI's reps in Congress: The centrists," News, March 16]. While the conclusion was that virtually all have moved to the center, their votes on Obamacare, the most consequential liberal piece of legislation in decades, went virtually unmentioned. In this story, it carried no more weight than relatively conventional votes on spending, gay rights, abortion and the environment.

It's important to remember only Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) voted against the controversial and presently unworkable health care law. The four Democrats -- Reps. Tim Bishop of Southampton, Gregory Meeks of Queens, Carolyn McCarthy of Mineola and Steve Israel of Huntington -- voted for the law and in some cases stumped for its passage.

Long Islanders bought into the liberal utopian talking points offered by their Democrat representatives. They believed the Affordable Care Act would be everything that was promised. It's been anything but.