A business owner and source that wishes not to be named stated that the other day he/she had received a telephone call from Andrea Silbert. In the call, Lt. Governor candidate Andrea Silbert repeatedly stated that she was opposed to the section of the recently passed MA healthcare law, which required businesses to pay a fine for the employees whom they did not help pay to insure. She then went about asking for a campaign contribution.
This is surprising since Silbert originally said that she supported the MA Healthcare Legislation, yet now she is going around telling businesses the opposite. She is stating that there is not enough money for the legislation, yet she is opposing the employer mandates that would help fund it. It amazes me that a politician like Silbert that touts progressive credentials and supposedly supports Universal Healthcare would not support the basic clauses that would help enforce healthcare reform. If businesses donât participate in providing health insurance for their employees then what is the point of a piece of legislation thatâs sole purpose is to ensure that all individuals regardless of socio-economic background, sex, race or age receive comprehensive affordable healthcare. Now there was already controversy behind the fact that the monetary âfineâ the healthcare legislation imposes on businesses who donât provide employees with health insurance would actually cost the businesses less money per employee than it would to insure them in the first place.
Already this legislation has baby teeth (if teeth at all), but now Silbert wants to yank those teeth out all together on the side of big business. Obviously, she thinks the tooth fairy will give her a couple thousand for each tooth she yanks out. Maybe she is right, but at what cost? Why compromise your core democratic values, and the rights of MA residents to quality, affordable healthcare just so that you can put a couple thousand more in your campaign war chest.
I am getting a toothache just thinking about it. Andrea you lost another vote today.