Bayside allergist Dr. Robert Mittman held his first news conference yesterday, where as a so-called citizen candidate he sought to portray himself as different from the other three politicians in the Democratic primary, who he called “three peas in a pod.”
Mittman stood outside the shuttered St. John’s Hospital amid a small group of family supporters and campaign posters affixed to parking signs and light posts — all city property — where he stressed his solution for the nation’s healthcare crisis.
Mittman vowed to close the Medicare “donut hole,” which required certain senior citizens to pay full price for their drugs, and to regulate pharmaceuticals to bring down prices.
Although running on the Democratic ticket, Mittman opposed the president’s requirement that every American purchase health care as part of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Mittman’s supporters began taking down the posters after the news conference since leaving any of them up could carry a fine.
City Comptroller John Liu was fined $527,000 for campaign posters stuck on city property.