Letters

RINO or Not

Apr 05, 2017

To the Editor:

Should a vote against the president’s healthcare bill be considered a vote for Obamacare?

Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo, representing the 2nd District, issued the following statement after the vote on the American Health Care Act was canceled. “This bill does not meet the standards of what was promised; it is not as good as or better than what we currently have.” In other words, after seven years of committing to repeal Obamacare, LoBiondo was going to vote with the Democrats in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act for the foreseeable future.

The acronym RINO is a pejorative term meaning “Republican in name only,” used to describe Republicans whose political views or actions are not consistent with the party’s 2016 platform that states “repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare.”

LoBiondo has been in Congress since 1994 and has been re-elected with at least 59 percent of the vote even though he represents a district that is marginally Democratic. He rescinded his endorsement for Donald Trump for president in 2016.

The question: Is our congressman a RINO? The answer can only be determined by the voters and if his party chooses to support him come primary time.

Art Mooney

Little Egg Harbor

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