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 to our nation. Now it is time that we honored 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.

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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.



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.

80% of Americans favor 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.



REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS


Abortions should be safe, legal and rare.

Abortions should be safe, legal and rare

Reproductive decisions should be left to women, their healthcare providers, and, if applicable, their religious leaders and significant others.

Abortions should be safe, legal and rare.

  • Safe Keep reproductive choice safe by fully funding Planned Parenthood, repealing the Hyde Amendment, and providing universal health care so that all women can access family planning resources and contraception.
  • Legal. I oppose any efforts to undermine the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Giving individual states the right to ban abortions would be catastrophic for women and for our country.  
  • Rare. Through access to birth control and a comprehensive grade 6 to 12 education curriculum, I hope to reduce the number of abortions.



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 our constitutional right to bear arms. Just like we have a right to free speech but can't defame someone, we need common sense rules for when you buy a firearm.

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.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM


Focusing on Justice

FOCUSING ON JUSTICE


For too long now our criminal justice system has prioritized aggression and the appearance of toughness over the true application of justice. This combined with the failures of other societal systems has burdened this country with more incarcerated people per capita than any other country on Earth. Furthermore the burdens of this system fall disproportionately on people of color, the poor, and those suffering from mental illness or drug addiction. This is not justice. 

The biggest single step we as a nation can take to address the shortcomings of the current criminal justice system is to stop forcing the system to attempt to handle problems that ultimately are not criminal and that the people who work in the system are not trained or equipped to deal with. The criminal justice system should not be the default way our country deals with issues such as drug addiction, mental illness or homelessness. Justice for these people requires addressing their underlying conditions which the system currently does not do. 

The first step is to have fewer people enter the criminal justice system in the first place by increasing funding for housing, education and healthcare, however there is plenty of reform that is necessary within the criminal justice system itself. Below are some proposals for reform across the system which will help us move towards a system that is fairer, more efficient, and most importantly more just.

Police Reform

  • Standardize use of force policies nationwide, including physical restraint techniques and banning chokeholds
  • Provide funding to increase the length of police academies to include training in de-escalation and cultural sensitivity as integral parts of the curriculum, not as one-day sessions taught by outside consultants
  • Allow communities to decide if they want police responding to mental health episodes, drug overdoses, homeless situations, and domestic disputes. Provide funding for increased training for police in these areas or for communities to hire social workers to respond to these types of non-violent incidents instead. 
  • Raise salaries for police officers to attract better applicants, particularly those with higher education. Provide funding and incentives for police officers to seek higher education and through it more diverse perspectives.
  • Improve assessment of police officers by looking beyond raw numbers of tickets written and arrests made. Assessment should include an examination of conviction rate based on arrests and any complaints made against the officer in question.
  • Remove the investigation and prosecution of police misconduct from the local jurisdiction. Provide funding for the states and/or the Department of Justice to create units dedicated to this task. Local prosecutors rely on their relationships with local police agencies to do their jobs, asking them to prosecute officers from those same agencies puts them in an impossible situation.
  • Create a nationwide database of offending officers to prevent them from being rehired in other jurisdictions.

Drug Policy

  • Provide funding to state and local governments to prioritize treatment of drug addicts over incarceration. Addicts arrested with small amounts of drugs should be diverted to treatment rather than charged with felonies and put in prison. 
  • Treatment must address underlying mental and physical health issues that lead people to self-medicate with illegal drugs in the first place if it is going to be effective in the long term.
  • Legalize and tax marijuana. It is absurd to categorize marijuana, which causes no deaths, a schedule 1 narcotic, while fentanyl and methamphetamine, the leading causes of record-high drug overdose deaths, are classified as schedule 2.
  • The revenue generated by marijuana sales should, in turn, fund drug treatment.

Judicial Reform

  • Remove all mandatory minimum sentencing from federal law. If an individual is to have a fair trial, judges must be able to consider the individual circumstances of the case when it comes time for sentencing.
  • Stop prosecutors from using the threat of increased sentencing to discourage defendants from exercising their right to a trial.
  • Prosecutors must not increase their sentencing recommendations due to a defendant not taking a plea bargain. 
  • Increase salaries for public defenders to attract more talent and reduce the extremely high turnover rate.

Corrections Reform

  • End the use of private prisons by the federal government and encourage the states to do the same. Private prison agreements create situations where progress in crime reduction ends up costing a jurisdiction more money.
  • Improve the provision of drug and mental health treatment in prison to prevent people from cycling in and out of the criminal justice system.

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