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Yessa, Massa Knows Best!

During an intimate conversation with some Netroots Nation activists over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Congressman Eric Massa (D- NY) underscored his support for a single payer health care bill.

Massa said that he would support a single-payer plan against the interests and opinions of his constituents because “it will help them.”  Clearly, Massa thinks he knows best.  

The cerebral Democrat’s superior intellect and judgment equip him to better understand communitarian needs for the greater social good, than do the primitive desires of a right wing nut constituency who act on their naked self-interests.

It is beside the point whether or not Massa is betraying his constituents or is really a principled follower of the dictates of his conscience. Even if Massa was not elected under false pretenses, he’s clearly not representing the will of his constituents and should suffer the consequences for defying their wishes. 

He is, after all, a public servant and not an overseer.

I.M. Kane


Watch the 1:35 video of Massa’s group discussion or read the exchange in the transcript below:

MASSA: I’m not going to vote for 3200 as it’s currently written.  Step one, I will vote for a single payer option or a bill that does have a medicare coupled public option, which we don’t have right now.  If my town hall meetings turn into the same media frenzies and ridiculousness, because every time that happens we lose. We lose another three million people in America.  They see that happening and negate us.

PARTICIPANT: It changes America.

MASSA: Every time that occurs.  So what happens in my town hall meetings frankly is important, because I am in one of the most right wing Republican districts in the country, and I’m not asking you guys to go back to wherever and send people to me.  This is a generic statement of what can I do?  Well that’s one thing we can do.

PARTICIPANT: So if we got your meetings to sixty forty, you’d vote…and there was single payer in a bill you would vote for it?

MASSA:  Oh absolutely I would vote for single payer.

PARTICIPANT: If there was sixty forty sentiment in the room?

MASSA: Listen, I tell every audience I’m in favor of single payer.

PARTICIPANT: If there was eighty twenty in the room?

MASSA: If there was a single payer bill?

PARTICIPANT: And there was a single payer….

MASSA:  I will vote for the single payer bill.

PARTICIPANT: Even if it meant you were being voted out of office?

MASSA: I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful.

(inaudible participants’ comments regarding the “interests” of the district statement from Mr. Massa)

Massa: I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.

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