Rep. Steve Israel on Midterms

Monday, April 14, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C), swears in the newly elected members of the first session of the 113th Congress in the House Chambers January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY3), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, talks about the upcoming midterm elections and their effect on current legislative priorities.


Steve Israel

Comments [29]

Siobahn -

Get behind another Democratic candidate EARLIER in the process. At least attend Mr. Israel's town meetings (if he holds them) and push him on his positions. The power of incumbency is so great because so many of us are apathetic on voting day. The solution will never be term limits...That just lets sleeping voters continue in their slumber.

Be well.

Apr. 14 2014 11:03 PM
Robert from NJ

About today's show re the guy who complained about Obamacare. It took a while to get the reason why he had to cut medical benefits to his employees. He siad he owned a restaurant with 180 employees and had to cut benefits! Later, he stated that the benefits had to be cut for the managers. That is the key here. he had medical insurance for only the managers and maybe himself. Under the tax law and Obamacare, he has to insure all full time employees. That is why he had to cut benefits, cause he did not want to spend the money!!!!!! to provide care for full time employees. Has nothing to do with obamacare, all deals with his wallet. And the cost is nto much if you insure just employees, not their families. Guy is a greedy MF.

Apr. 14 2014 10:44 PM
Siobahn from Nassau

and if you study your American history, as I have as a fairly new immigrant to this country you would understand that the intent was never the creation of a career political class.

Apr. 14 2014 03:08 PM
Siobahn from Nassau

sorry, you are completely wrong. I am a Democrat in his district. I do not like the man, yet I have no choice other than to vote for the opposing party. This doesn't seem right to me. Incumbents have way too much power and spend years building this powerbase. Most of these guys walk in normal people and all come out millionaires. There something wrong with that.

Apr. 14 2014 02:48 PM

@Siobahn from Nassau

"The quicker we can purge politicians of this ilk from both parties, the healthier and better this country will be. I truly hope one day we have term limits across-the-board!"

Worst idea ever, Siobahn. Term limits are a very pale substitute for voter participation. In the age when unlimited, undisclosed money is about to be permitted into races, parties matter more than individual candidates. And once the GOP has established the point that our activism is DOOMED against their money, the republic that I grew up in will be gone. If we want better politicians to represent us, we need to be better voters. Term limits, by falsely making us feel 'safe' from any one pol with too much power, act against the very voter activism needed to burn away the scum.

Term limits -- and the false belief that term limits can save you from a politician with too strong a hold on the reins of power -- are a part of the problem, not the solution.

Apr. 14 2014 11:25 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

@RUCB_Alum, the aging out process is going to be faster then you think. It’s happening as we listen to Brian’s show. Bad health, very bad health.

Apr. 14 2014 11:17 AM

"Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats -
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, is guilty of encouraging her members to wage an ugly race war, but it won’t work." DAILY BEAST

Apr. 14 2014 11:01 AM
Siobahn from Nassau

The quicker we can purge politicians of this ilk from both parties, the healthier and better this country will be. I truly hope one day we have term limits across-the-board!

Apr. 14 2014 10:38 AM

@Taher from Croton on Hudson

"The good news is that Republican voters are aging fast and soon to populate the other side."

Lots of havoc and ensuing social unrest that can be created before they age themselves out of contention, Taher. If the young stay uneducated on the issues, and uncommitted on the value of voting, the GOP trail out that you predict will be long and potentially bloody.

Good citizens vote.

Apr. 14 2014 10:35 AM
Mark Hannay from East Village

Re: the caller who is a restaurant owner/operator with 180 employees.... The Affordable Care Act has not yet directly affected large(r) employer groups (currently 50 or more FTEs, expanding to 100 in 2016)) very much, since the "employer responsibility requirement" has been postponed. So his situation cannot be blamed on the ACA per se. What he is experiencing are trends long underway in the health insurance industry that pre-date the ACA. If the industry had their druthers, they would sell only high-deductible policies with low actuarial value (the call claims 60% in his new policy), claiming we consumers all need more "skin in the game" (a concept I find offensive.) Fortunately, the ACA prevents that from happening, at least so far for individuals, families, and small groups via the new health benefit exchange markeplaces, and larger groups may be able to take advantage of that starting in 2017. In the meantime, the insurance industry is aggressively canceling most policies that don't fit their preferred paradigm, which generate good profits for them. Rather than gripe about the ACA, this restauranteur and his trade association should turn their attention to working with Congress to take on profiteering in the insurance industry, along with providers that are charging outrageous fees as has been documented by WNYC, the NY Times, the Wall St. Journal, Stephen Brill for Time magazine, etc. The ACA has several provisions that take on that task, but all the current House wants to do is repeal, repeal, repeal, turning the whole system back over to the insurance industry where we'll all end up "under-insured" under the policies they want to sell.

Apr. 14 2014 10:32 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The good news is that Republican voters are aging fast and soon to populate the other side. Meanwhile, the Republican Party cannot find the young and a growing "people of color" to vote for them. The age of dinosaur extinction.

Apr. 14 2014 10:28 AM
Judith M. from Queens

"We need to bring people together" "We need to work on what we agree on." Then this same person calls everyone who disagrees with him a racist and tears into the opposing party. Get this man off the air. This is why Washington is disfunctional.

Apr. 14 2014 10:23 AM

Did 'Tom' the restaurant owner just get away with calling his employees "the working poor"? And didn't he slip in near the end that he was upset about not being able under Obamacare to give the same BlueCross/BlueShield coverage to HIS MANAGERS? In other words, he is supposedly soooo outraged that he can't provide the same coverage under the ACA, but what is he really doing for working people anyway?

Apr. 14 2014 10:23 AM

Steve Israel says "let's avoid vilification."

LOL, Obama got re-elected using it!!

Apr. 14 2014 10:22 AM
Michael from NJ

His response to the past caller is why he will loose!

Apr. 14 2014 10:21 AM
Robert from NYC

Wrong choice to defend. Alberto Gonzalez proved to be sleaze and thankfully he didn't get onto the supreme court!

Apr. 14 2014 10:21 AM

Bravo, caller Elaine !!!!!!

Apr. 14 2014 10:20 AM
Melinda from Brooklyn

Yes, you will pass campaign finance reform... LMAO. Just like you did when you held the Whitehouse and both chambers of Congress. Just as you pull in million upon millions of dollars. Can you please speak in truths. Thank you.

Apr. 14 2014 10:20 AM
Robert from NYC

I find it interesting how Brian jumps in front of the the rep to defend him against a constituent with a complaint. tsk tsk.

Apr. 14 2014 10:19 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The National Restaurant Assoc, always looking out for the working man

Apr. 14 2014 10:16 AM

I am a self employed working poor and my health care coverage has been Drastically improved.

Apr. 14 2014 10:15 AM
Robert from RBC

That's because ACA is a bad deal. It's only that, a deal with the health insurers to protect them and the pharmaceutical companies. Vote him out of office Tom if you don't like him.

Apr. 14 2014 10:15 AM
Jenna from Brooklyn

Ugh. I'm a Democrat and cannto listen to this guy. Please get our better leaders on, this guy does not sell our ideals well.

Apr. 14 2014 10:15 AM
Bonn from East Village

Coincidentally, some of the women in my Pilates class were talking about how grateful they were for Obamacare, how it's lowered their premium, how effective it is. Dems: get on the horn and tout its efficacy.

Apr. 14 2014 10:15 AM
Robert from NYC

Hear hear, I second Michael from NJ. Get a spine democrat. That's the problem with your clique, you have no spines, or very few of you do.

Apr. 14 2014 10:10 AM
Mark from NJ

Ask Mr. Isreal if Democrats are going to make a serious run against Scott Garrett

Apr. 14 2014 10:09 AM

Please ask Steve Israel how he intends to get Democratic voters, notorious for sitting out the mid terms, to vote this coming November.

Apr. 14 2014 10:07 AM
Michael from NJ

Stop apologizing. Get a spine and go on the offense. Attack the GOP where they are weak and flat out hypocritical.

Apr. 14 2014 10:06 AM

Please ask Steve Israel what he thought about his president paying servile homage on Friday to Al Sharpton - an unrepentant anti-Semite who exhorted the rabble to "GET THE JEWS OUT OF HARLEM" leading to the torching and death at a Harlem store?

Or should we not be surprised since "Reverend" Sharpton so resembles Obama's "mentor" Reverend Wright?

Apr. 14 2014 09:19 AM

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