UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE


i believe in a universal healthcare system for all americans.

i believe in a universal healthcare system for all americans.

We have the most advanced medical knowledge in history, yet we still have over 80 million people with inadequate or no healthcare.  For some of the families that do have healthcare, it is a financial burden that can cause issues itself.  Every American should have healthcare, period. 

If you are working, your job should provide or contribute to a system to provide you healthcare.  If you can’t afford typical healthcare, then We The People need to provide an option for you that you can receive at low to no cost for those most in need

I fully acknowledge that this will be a long road, and likely to be far from perfect, but it is a road we must travel.  There will be stages and stops along the way, but if we don’t take the first steps now, when?

Along this road there are specific issues that need to be addressed such as:

  • Lower drug prices for all
  • I believe in a cap for all life saving medications (insulin for example)
  • Mental health and long-term care need to available and affordable
  • Maternal and infant care support system
  • More freedoms with paid parental leave


ENVIRONMENTAL REFORM

ENVIRONMENTAL REFORM


As Americans, we need to set the environmental standard for the rest of the world to follow.

As Americans, we need to set the environmental standard for the rest of the world to follow.

Humans are affecting our environment, there is no question about that, period.  Though we may disagree with severity of that, it is still happening.  We ourselves here can see what we have done to the Indian River Lagoon.  Should the Banana River be coffee colored?  A Red Tide kills all in its path.  Sure, we may be the last to go, but it will get awfully lonely at the end. 

Polluters need to be held accountable for cleaning up their messes.  There is the technology out there to improve industries carbon footprint, and government needs to get our industry to adopt those new methods.  As Americans, we need to set the standard for the rest of the world to follow.  I am not saying force all our production overseas where they can pollute at will.  We have the ability to lead the world in environmentally friendly production, and not give up our culture or standard of living.

How do we get there?  Well we support companies that make the effort.  We support research into technologies that can make a difference, and if we support the research it will be shared and not held as a bargaining chip in a Board Room.  We cannot support a company that knowingly moves production away so that environmental concerns can be circumvented.  We have the ability, now we just need to have the drive, and when executives baulk, it is the Government’s responsibility to be the 400lbs gorilla in the room.



VETERAN AFFAIRS

VETERAN AFFAIRS


Veterans made A SACRIFICE IN THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. NOW IT IS TIME FOR US TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE.

VETERANS MADE A SACRIFICE IN THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. NOW IT IS TIME FOR US TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE.

As a Veteran, I know firsthand the shortcomings of the VA system.  Understaffed and under budgeted, it seems that each clinic, hospital, or office is one step away from chaos.  Veterans made promise to all of us when they chose to serve.  Now it is time for us to make a promise honoring that service. 

We need to increase access and the outreach for mental health to our Veterans, and care for disability claims.  Privatizing the VA would just open up our Veterans to companies looking to make a profit off of their injuries.  We also need to provide better educational and vocational recognition of military service.




EDUCATIONAL REFORM

EDUCATIONAL REFORM


Better funding for our teachers leads to better educational opportunities for the future of our nation.

Better funding for our teachers leads to better educational opportunities for the future of our nation.

What can we do in life that does not start with learning?  From the family farmers teaching their children how to care for the land, to the scientist who design a new spacecraft, to the plumbers who keep our system ‘flowing’.  They all started with learning a trade or skill. 

To learn a new skill we need the basic building blocks of knowledge, and who teaches us these skills?  Teachers.  Teachers teach, and are, the base foundation on everything we learn and achieve in life.  How do we expect our children to succeed when we don’t provide the ones getting them a start with a livable wage?

We need to increase funding to our schools and teachers if we want to avert a future without progress.  I propose we expect more from our teachers, but we need to give them a reason to reach higher.  With increased teacher salaries and educational incentives; tuition reimbursement, raises for higher degrees and skills (trades teachers), we can attract and retain the best for our children and our future.



SECOND AMENDMENT

SECOND AMENDMENT


Smart regulations can limit the damage guns can do, while maintaining the freedom Americans have come to expect.

Smart regulations can limit the damage guns can do, while maintaining the freedom Americans have come to expect.

As a Veteran, I support the Second Amendment.  The right to bear arms is an American right, and should continue to be protected as much as our other rights.  But there needs to be rules, same as with Free Speech, you can’t defame someone. 

Felons chose to live outside the law. Choosing to do so means they chose to give up some rights, in this case firearms.   Under Federal Law 18 U.S.C § 992(d), it is prohibited to ‘sell or dispose of any firearm to someone who has been adjudicated as mentally defective’.  When someone has a history of abuse or violence or instability, the law needs to ensure they no longer have access to firearms. 

The Right to possess firearms should not be removed, but it needs to be regulated.  If you want to own firearms, do a background check and get a license from law enforcement.  All firearm sales need to be documented and reported.



TERM LIMITS

TERM LIMITS


Limit the time a politician can stay in power and you limit the power of lobbyist contributions.

Limit the time a politician can stay in power and you limit the power of lobbyist contributions.

Currently over 80% of the population is in favor of Term Limits, and Jim Kennedy is among them. Critics of term limits will say that they already exist in the form of elections, but this is just false as incumbent politicians on average win reelection 90% of the time. The monetary cost and time commitment in getting elected is pretty daunting when it comes to unseating a career politician, but without new politicians in Washington DC, idea stagnation occurs.

Term Limits would allow fresh faces with new ideas and different approaches to begin the process of making our government a reflection of America today, not how it was 20 or 30 years ago. By limiting the time politicians have in an office, you also limit the number of years that lobbyists and their money have to “buy” that politician.

By way of this, we recently had discussions with Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. Mr. Tomboulides went before Congress to testify on why it is past time to enact Term Limits. As Mr Tomboulides says “This is not a left or right issue. This is an American issue.” Jim Kennedy cannot agree with Nick more. This IS an American Issue, and it needs to be addressed now.

Why is this issue important? We are looking to unseat Bill Posey. In Bill Posey’s first term in Congress, he cosponsored a bill to impose term limits on Congress and Senate. He felt that no Congressman should serve more than 6 full consecutive terms (12 years). At that time, he stated “Our government needs fresh faces with new ideas and different approaches.” He was right then, and he is still right now. Bill Posey is currently running for his 7th consecutive term; exceeding his own proposed limit.

It seems Bill Posey needs some help being accountable to his own words, and we plan to help him.


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