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Meet the NJ Senate Candidates: Dr. Alieta Eck

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

We conclude our first-round series of interviews with the candidates for the New Jersey special election to replace Senator Frank Lautenberg. Today: Alieta Eck, physician and GOP candidate for the US Senate in New Jersey, discusses her bid.

Comments [38]

Colette

I wish candidates would stop with the government is the problem rhetoric. The real ptoblem is simplistic thinking candidates. If most doctors wanted to provide free health care to the poor, we woud not have needed, Obama care, medicare or medicaid, public health care exists today, because without it, no health care existed for most of our poor. Let's not reinvent history.

Jun. 26 2013 03:08 PM
Pascale

I thought I heard it wrong so I listened to it again... This woman basically said that if she could she would monitor what happens behind close doors to prevent women who don't want to get pregnant to have sex so they won't need an abortion... Wow, way to go, aspiring senator Eck!

Jun. 18 2013 03:26 PM
John from NYC

Good person for running the free clinic but omg naive!! However her solution is doctors donating time. Why aren't they doing it now? Don't tell me it is the government's fault. The doctors now don't take Medicaid because the reimbursement rates are low but according to Dr. Eck these same doctors will do it for free!!

Jun. 18 2013 02:37 PM

Eck is living proof that doctors are not the smartest people in the room.

Jun. 18 2013 01:00 PM

Most of the interview with Dr. Eck was spent on her strange and unworkable views of providing medical care. Few or no questions about her views concerning other issues likely to be on her plate as a senator. Contrasting the interview with Sheila Oliver -- an elected official and head of the state assembly -- where Brian's first question concerned her opinion on Syria and as a state legislator did she have the experience to address foreign policy and other issues that would come up in the Senate.

Jun. 18 2013 12:14 PM
Marrach from Brooklyn!!!

Yep...She's a Doctor, alright! Problem is, because she's a Doctor, she's never been told to her face "You know, That was Stupid, what you said" when she actually utters something Stupid. And in this short Interview, it showed.

Simplistic Libertarian foolishness to boot. She actually spouts the words 'Trickle Down Charity' with a straight face. When she said boldly that in the Past, Before Medicaid and Medicare, that people had Healthcare...she showcased her Stunning Ignorance.

Before Medicare Life & Death was very Simple. if your parent or Grandparent had NO MONEY to pay the Hospital...They Died. The Funeral Parlors were a Booming Business Then.

This woman is UNFIT for Public Office.
She is Unfit to make Laws in the Public Sphere.
She should stick to being a Doctor and STAY in her office.

Jun. 18 2013 11:59 AM

Okay, we've heard from all the NJ senatorial primary candidates. BL only got around to asking one candidate (Lonegan) their opinion on Christie calling a special election rather than saving the state $12M by combining the special with the general....Oh well. Christie is selling this move as 'let the people choose' but only the inexperienced are calling it other than what it is. Mr. Christie's attempt at buying himself a GOP-controlled Senate and Assembly.

Absent scandal/death/etc. it will be Booker vs Lonegan in October. I would prefer to see it be Holt vs. Lonegan in order to give the TP'ers the 'clear' choice drubbing that their opinions deserve but I think Cory will be a clear enough choice. Also, Rush in the Senate would be a much clearer voice for environmentalism, education funding and equal treatment under law than Mr. Booker, IMO.

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the primary vote in August. http://njelections.org/voting-information-party-declaration-forms.html

Jun. 18 2013 11:59 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We are in a time when simple common sense isn't accepted. She has it, but in this diseased environment she might not have much of a chance.

Jun. 18 2013 11:52 AM
dsimon from Manhattan

The idea that private charity can somehow provide funding for health care for the poor is amazingly unrealistic. Private donations simply can't come anywhere close to providing the necessary funds for such care. If it were enough, Medicaid wouldn't have been started to begin with.

The idea that people would donate a large chunk of their saved tax dollars to charity is also completely unrealistic. First, a lot of people are more interested in spending money on themselves. But even granting a degree of generosity, there's a huge free rider problem: I can reason that since others may give, then I can withhold my contribution without much impact. Of course if a lot of people do that, the funding drops dramatically. Even ardent libertarians recognize this problem.

Yes, markets work in most places most of the time. But that doesn't mean they work everywhere all of the time. We don't rely on the market and charity to provide everyone with an education. I don't see why it should be so different for basic health care.

Jun. 18 2013 11:52 AM
g from staten island

If doctor care would be based on doctors volunteering 4 hours a week, how does a patient establish a relationship with his doctor and get good continuity of care? Or is Dr. Eck's idea "beggers can't be choosers." Would she allow her family and herself to get this kind of care?

Jun. 18 2013 11:49 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Give dr's. w/practices in poor neighborhoods immunity from malpractice? Has Dr. Eck heard about the recent cases of the dentist who spread hepatitis C w/dirty instruments & the abortion dr. whose patients died due to unsanitary conditions? Both practiced in poor areas. I wouldn't want them to be immune from malpractice suits. (Not saying this is typical, but real malpractice does happen, & patients need some recourse when it does.)

Jun. 18 2013 11:47 AM
Robert from NYC

I agree, ECK!

Jun. 18 2013 11:47 AM

wow, she has a close friend who broke her leg and never received medical attention, and she has a close friend who is from Syria and says that the rebels are mostly Al Qaeda. She has a friend with inside info fro every occasion. too funny.

Jun. 18 2013 11:46 AM
Tony from Canarsie

She has "a friend from Syria" who says the situation there is complicated "so why get involved"? Of course it's complicated, but as senator would that be her response to every complicated issue?

Jun. 18 2013 11:46 AM
Robert from NYC

OMG OMG you should have to be able to handle complicated issues! GIGGLE

Jun. 18 2013 11:46 AM
Dee from Montclair

I broke my leg without insurance. It did not get fixed for a year because I owned a house. I got it fixed under Obamacare. I am now in foreclosure.

Jun. 18 2013 11:46 AM
BK from Hoboken

Also ask Dr Eck who pays her reimbursements for her practice more quickly with less hassle- not every doctor likes Medicare bit they know they pay the doctor bill on time. Docs have to pull teeth to get paid by the likes of Aetna, UHC, etc.

Jun. 18 2013 11:46 AM
MC from Manhattan

Obviously in over her head

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
Guy from NYC

Oh C'mon.
Enough with these rapscallions who to the "founders" but who haven't read American history or the constitution and who dare accuse others of being "out of touch with reality" while purporting to want to model contemporary government on early agrarian slave-fueled American economy/society.

I don't want a "citizen legislator" who thinks government is the problem any more than I want a fireperson who doesn't want to fight fires.

Enough with these "thousand points of light" jokers. Volunteer work is wonderful, and donating time, fund raisers are terrific, but they are not a model for running any government much less a huge state or a workable solution to "caring for the poor." The experiences of one clinic have little relevance to dealing with the problems of a large diverse society. Any serious person would recognize this.

We need to be laughing these types right off the stage.

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
The Truth from Becky

Thumbs down.

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
Robert from NYC

On Syria, huh?

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
Jean from Midtown East

Wow, she sounds really dumb. Thanks Brian for giving her free air time!

Let me go run for NJ Senate campaign for the Tinfoil Hat party and I'll be able to push my views on public radio.

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

This woman is totally and completely insane if she thinks private sector donations will cover health care. That presumes that people give to benefit others rather than to get tax exemptions for themselves.

Further, all the people who have enough money, in theory, to cover health care are stashing it in offshore accounts so they don't have to pay the US taxes that could cover a national health plan.

Tell her to take some Thorazine and call back when she's stable.

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Perhaps the doctor means well, but she reeks of Tea Party naivete, simplicity, unawareness...

Jun. 18 2013 11:45 AM
gakyi

where did they find this genius. "all they do is fight in Washington. we need to make it better. trickle down charity"

bravo. thanks for your input Ms Eck. such a problem-solver.

Jun. 18 2013 11:43 AM
Robert from NYC

She should be a fictions writer... for children.

Jun. 18 2013 11:43 AM
john from office

Wow, this is a candidate?? The republican party is doomed. The poor can rely on the good hearted world for care??

Jun. 18 2013 11:43 AM
BK from Hoboken

If Medicaid is making the doctors so much money, then why do so few doctors take Medicaid? Because they don't get paid much. She is dead wrong. Medicaid is a very basic health care system that hopefully prevents more expensive treatments down the road. There are no shareholders, no CEOs getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars, etc. the dollars go to the patient as the providers, with neither getting all that much compared to private insurance.
She is also dead wrong regarding premiums- many states that have set up exchanges have been surprised to see premiums come in lower than expected. This has been seen in CA and other states that have completed exchanges.
This woman is living in a fantasy world.

Jun. 18 2013 11:43 AM

Let them eat cake!

Jun. 18 2013 11:43 AM

hmmmm...I'm hearing a closet ideologue. How does a 'required donation' differ from a tax? Dr. Eck has no chance.

Jun. 18 2013 11:42 AM
Mary from New Jersey from NJ

This is the same old Tea Party line. Dr. Eck proposes that there are better ideas out there - NAME ONE in specifics. "Trickle Down Charity"??? REALLY. Sounds like a re-packaged thousand points of light. Another wingnut.

Jun. 18 2013 11:42 AM

Eck, indeed!!

Jun. 18 2013 11:41 AM
Robert from NYC

I wish people who don't know anything would stop running for office. Drs don't accept Medicare she says, but they'll work 4 hours a week for nothing?!!!!! LOL Can she show you the study that says 90% would be willing to do that. LOL

Jun. 18 2013 11:41 AM

I honestly was expecting someone who comes across as a fringe candidate. Dr. Eck seems more open than Oliver and seems less crazy the Lonegan.

Jun. 18 2013 11:41 AM

koo koo!

Jun. 18 2013 11:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

Really? "Repeal Obamacare but not social security because we republicans are going to need that in the future...a better system? oh yes, we don't know what that is yet, still figuring out a better way to do that." BS!

Jun. 18 2013 11:40 AM

Please ask Dr. Eck the same question...Her view on the ethics of the governor using $12M of public money to buy himself a GOP majority in the statehouse.

Thanks,

Jun. 18 2013 11:28 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Dr. Eck is past president of the extreme right wing Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. For some information about their loony tunes world view, follow this link:

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Association_of_American_Physicians_and_Surgeons

Jun. 18 2013 10:59 AM

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