JuLY 6, 2012

Health care: ‘Onward together!’

With the victory of Sean Patrick Maloney over Dr. Richard Becker, a cardiologist, in the 18th Democratic congressional district primary, we are deprived of one thing: a head-to-head battle between two medical doctors for the 18th congressional seat. The incumbent, Dr. Nan Hayworth, is a former practicing ophthalmologist whose husband is the chief officer of the Mount Kisco Medical Group. Ms. Hayworth is an outspoken critic of “Obamacare.” Dr. Becker, a cardiologist, was an advocate for President Obama’s affordable health care act.

Because Mr. Maloney, an attorney, is not a physician, this will not be a battle of the caduceus. But medical issues will surely be at the forefront of ongoing debates.

As soon as news of the Supreme Court ruling hit the streets Friday, politicians on both sides of the aisle went to work determining strategy for the coming election.

“When even conservative Justice Roberts agrees that all Americans have a right to affordable healthcare, it shows how out of step Congresswoman Hayworth is,” opined Mr. Maloney in an email blast on Thursday. “Now is time for the extreme right to drop their attacks and start working constructively to help meet the law’s principal objectives, providing all Americans with access to the best health care in the world, while bringing down the cost s of our health care system.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Hayworth promptly sent out a fundraising letter touting her “tireless work” to repeal the law. “If you're as committed as I am to doing what’s right for our Hudson Valley and every American, I’d appreciate your support today,” she wrote. “Thanks so much as always for your time and consideration — onward together!”

Related missives have been received from the Republican and Democratic national committees, each echoing similar partisan themes.

Our Rx: let the affordable health care law stand. Let Americans feel confident that even the poorest citizens will receive medical treatment, children and young adults will be covered, and those with preexisting medical conditions will never be denied coverage again. Let’s address other critical issues: the economy, joblessness, education, national defense and the environment.

The next four months will determine our level of discourse. Legislators and candidates, it is up to you to raise the bar.

We’ve moved!

After 15 years in Bedford Hills, The Record-Review moved to Katonah in June. The distance of a couple of miles is negligible, but those of us who live and work in the hamlets recognize that this is akin to a major relocation.

The Record-Review, founded in 1995, began in an erstwhile apartment on Babbitt Road. In 1997, we moved to 264 Adams St., as tenants of Eugene “Bud” Hammer and Atlantic Westchester. In that time, from our perch on the second floor with the Metro-North tracks on the west and Groom-in-Room to the east, we hosted candidates’ debates, worked with editors, reporters, interns and friends, and managed our little operation as closely in spirit to The Daily Planet as we could muster.

When Atlantic Westchester announced its expansion plans, we began a search for new digs. After several months of scouring listings, we found the perfect spot. Located on the third floor at the corner of The Parkway and Katonah Avenue — the “Prudential building” — the space is double our previous size and offers a central location in Bedford’s busiest hamlet. From our windows we can see the action on the street and hear the half-hourly engine of the trains. The entrance is on The Parkway, number 16. We welcome visitors; if you can’t make it up the stairs let us know and we’ll come downstairs to accommodate your request.

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