Obama-scare! Activist doctors demand Donovan keep Affordable Care Act

Doctors with borders: Medical professionals came out in force to Rep. Dan Donovan’s Dyker Heights office on Feb. 25 to protest the pol’s support to undo the Affordable Care Act.
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Doctors and medical professionals clad in lab coats and scrubs gathered outside Rep. Dan Donovan’s Dyker Heights office on Feb. 25 and protested his efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act, claiming too many people will lose their health care if President Trump’s promise to do void the system becomes a reality.

“There are people in Donovan’s district who are going to suffer,” said Flatbush resident Cameron Page, who practices at Mount Sinai Brooklyn and other hospitals in the city.

The activists showed up outside the office of city’s only Republican member of Congress, on 13th Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets, waving signs that declared, “Protect our patients” and “Have some guts” with a diagram of intestines. And other concerned citizens showed up with simple signs with statements such as, “I live in Bay Ridge. I got cancer. Obamacare saved my life.”

The protest was one of 20 across the country in which those in the medical world demonstrated outside of elected officials’ offices demanding Congress members vow to not gut the Affordable Care Act.

Last month Donovan (R–Bay Ridge) and other pols came under fire for voting for a resolution that works toward undoing the Affordable Care Act and many felt that was a breaking a point, said an organizer behind the Dyker Heights and national protests.

“We obviously don’t want to be there on our day off, but 200 people were there because at a certain point health professionals have to leave the office and advocate on behalf of their patients,” said Andrew Goldstein, a doctor from Manhattan. “We’re hear to make sure their voices are heard and send a message that gutting the Affordable Care Act will leave millions without health care.”

But Donovan’s reps say the activists have nothing to fear because he doesn’t plan on repealing the Affordable Care Act unless there is a plan to replace it.

“He’s not going to pull the rug out on anyone,” said Alexia Sikora. “He believes that coverage should be more affordable. When the repeal happens, he wants to ensure that the reforms don’t forget the most vulnerable among us.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
The mere name "Affordable" is a joke.
March 1, 2017, 7:53 am
Tyler from pps says:
The full name is the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)" and it's the patient protection part that the republicans are just as happy to get rid of, but they are using criticism of the affordability to justify throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
March 1, 2017, 10:53 am
Tyler from pps says:
And Rufus, dear Rufus, why don't we just start calling it Public Law 111-148 instead, eh?
March 1, 2017, 10:53 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
It's time to bring personal responsibility back to the forefront of the health care debate. There is no constitutional right to health care. Is someone is so irresponsible as to not take care of themselves, or find gainful employment, the government should not be stealing money from taxpayers to compensate for their bad choices in life. It's freedom 101.
March 1, 2017, 11:16 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Public Law 111-148 - Fine with me - still looking for my savings of $2500. per year.
March 1, 2017, 12:04 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
This is a fairly new stance for Donovan , and I can't actually believe what this reporter has written for these reasons.At a rally earlier in the week front of Congressman Dan Donovan's Brooklyn office regarding his enthusiasm for repealing the Affordable Care Act (He has not responded to repeated requests for a public town hall) I asked the reporter for who had written an article a few weeks ago that was titled Clash at MLK Day March about the article. I had written to her twice and received no reply but a letter to the Editor was published in the Paper. I had asked her as I had said in my letter to you why the article was titled as a Clash. There were almost 200 peaceful marchers and one guy with 3 other people in opposition and no clash. One of those 4 is now running for a City Council seat. I saw this as a blatant ploy to grab some attention from the March. When I said to the reporter at the Donovan rally that firstly ,there was no clash and secondly she had the wrong location for the March. Her response was that she hadn't written the headline and that there was an "Ideological Clash". Her words not mine.So there's an Ideological clash against a March against Hate?. Nowhere in the article did it say that. When I asked if she had in fact actually attended the March as she didn't correctly report the location, she said "No she had not attended the march". And when I pointed out that these were 2 false statements she said something to the effect (and I don't remember her exact words) that the facts were open to interpretation. Oh I get it now. These were Alternative Facts as the current administration would have us believe. She should take more care in reporting stories ,as this kind of rhetoric just fuels the us against them mentality that already exists in Bay Ridge. We need less of this, not more.
March 1, 2017, 12:31 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
There is no free lunch and health care insurance is expensive. Under the aca the increase in cost has been less than it would have been without it. But those who hate the aca probably won't believe that. Most countries control costs by controlling what the providers charge..hospitals doctors drugs etc. The theory of individual mandate is a republican idea vs the democrats who wanted an employer mandate. Oh and speaker Ryan hates Medicare the president has learned health care is more complicated than real estate.
March 1, 2017, 12:57 pm
Tyler from pps says:
So, Henry... countries like Canada, Britain, France, Germany, etc. all have it wrong? Their systems are ones that recognize the COLLECTIVE GOOD of healthy citizens, healthy workers, healthy children -- not some "bootstrap" bullcrap you know is a fantasy... an offensive one at that.

Oh, and those countries I've named have LONGER life expectancies and spend half as much per capita on health care costs (total, not just gov't spending).

Cancerous tumor: "Treatment benefits everyone and you have value" vs. "If you can't afford treatment, you should die and you probably deserve it anyway because you're lazy and worthless"
March 1, 2017, 12:58 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Gotta love those National Health Care teeth in the British Isles!

Yes We Can!
March 1, 2017, 1:09 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
Prior to ww2 health insurance was an almost unknown benefit. It became a benefit during ww2 when Kaiser started to provide it and unions demanded it. It was not an expensive benefit at first. This is along story but suffice it to say that as defined benefit pension plans have all but died out health insurance as an employee benefit except for the upper management is under pressure a d hence increase deduction and lower benefits. Health care since the same ww2 has changed and is much more expensive too..but this is a long conversation...
March 1, 2017, 1:13 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
Hey Rufus teeth in the UK is not a priority compare life expectancy if you want a good comparison.
March 1, 2017, 1:18 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
The U.S. is 31st. The UK is 20th according to the Cia.
March 1, 2017, 1:25 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Also... the "british teeth" joke is only about 25 years out of date...
March 1, 2017, 1:47 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"The maximum waiting time for non-urgent consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter."

The doctor will see you. . . now.

When your provider has to have a written policy about MAXIMUM time, you might just have an issue.
March 1, 2017, 3:21 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Rufus are you this much of a dummy or? Waiting a little bit for treatment (big difference between maximum and actual, by the way) but getting treated vs. either not being treated at all because of $$ or waiting so long for treatment (because of $$) that the issue is now much more severe.

Do you know what they also have in Britain? Private doctors and concierge medicine for people that have money to burn like, apparently, Leaky Rufus.

Again... Life expectancy in Britain is LONGER than the glorious United States of America with our clearly "superior" healthcare and it costs 58% LESS than here.

The Public AND Private healthcare expenditures per person in the U.K. is less than just our private expenditures here. What's the problem again?
March 1, 2017, 5:43 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tyler, here in the US, we have a different concept. Freedom. Which includes personal responsibility. If I wanted to give half my paycheck to support healthcare for the unemployable, I'd move there. Thankfully, there are still enough voters here that cherish their freedom to vote in the current government. If you want to waste your life away being useless, don't expect me to pick up the tab when your health inevitably fails.
March 1, 2017, 6:38 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
So Henry you oppose Medicare and social security too? And I hate to tell you when those people are uninsured when they go to the hospital you already pay for it in increased insurance costs. The companies with insurance subsidize those companies who don't have it
About 30 percent of the cost of insurance is to pay for the care of others. Its why when Massachusetts put in romneycare they mandated a decrease in insurance charges.
March 1, 2017, 7:34 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
What company has used such subsidy the most? My understanding that it was Walmart
March 1, 2017, 7:36 pm
Sjd from Boerum hill says:
And it's well known that the uninsured are billed by hospitals the most or file for bankruptcy...
March 1, 2017, 7:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Yes Sid, SS and Medicare(aid) ate textbook examples of the redistributution of wealth. Since I've had no choice but to have the government take my hard earned money, I want what I'm owed. I'm completely in favor of getting the governments hands out of future generations pockets, and Paul Ryan and congress will succeed in doing just that.
March 1, 2017, 7:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Also, if hospitals want to be SJW's and treat the uninsured, they should be free to do that on their own dimes. No more handouts for the useless. This is coming to, just like I predicted Attorney General Sessions would finally enforce the anti-marijuana laws.
March 1, 2017, 7:55 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
The first president to propose national health insurance was Roosevelt...not that one Teddy a Republican no less.
March 1, 2017, 9:32 pm
Tyler from pps says:
The "here in America" exceptionalism crap is very tired. And it hasn't produced the positive results you think it has... just lots of unnecessary suffering because of whiny people like you.

(Yes, Henry, you and your "It's my money, screw everyone else!" ilk are the real whiners.)

Oh, and that comment about the taxes... man. It would be fun if you actually knew the comparison ... it's clear you don't.
March 2, 2017, 10:41 am
Bob from Hibbing says:
"How long must I listen to the lies of prejudice?"
March 2, 2017, 11:38 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tyler, feel free to be tired of American exceptionalism, but the "whiny people" are in the ascendancy, and control every aspect of government now. While you are here whining about whiners, we will be dismantling the disasters that are the New Deal and the Great Society. Get ready to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, or get left behind.
March 2, 2017, 12:02 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Also, look at the bright side. Think of how much room there will be for bike lanes once all the welfare cheats aren't driving around in their Cadillacs.
March 2, 2017, 12:06 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
At least the Cadillac is made in the US. Although the cost for health care in a legacy company is more than the cost of the steel.
March 2, 2017, 2:06 pm
Tyler from pps says:
"the disasters that are the New Deal and the Great Society"


You're a nut job.
March 2, 2017, 3:38 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Please turn your white coats in to central casting.
March 2, 2017, 4:23 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Is that Melissa Click, the professional agitator in the right side of the frame?

Makes you wonder how spontaneous this was.
March 3, 2017, 12:23 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Right, Rufus, those white coats (worn so that we know they're all real doctors) will be needed again when the "real scientists" (again, the white coats) do their protest march in a few weeks. Grass roots? Not so much. Astroturf.
March 3, 2017, 5:12 pm

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