Wednesday, January 26, 2005

John Kerry's Kids Come First Act

In an email just sent out by John Kerry to his supporters, Kerry states his goal for his Kids Come First Act petition is "to top 500,000 before President Bush makes his State of the Union Address on February 2nd." The petition has already received wide spread support: "To date, nearly 300,000 Americans have signed our Kids Come First petition."

From the email:
This is personal. As I traveled across the country last year, I learned a lot about the dreams, hopes, fears and frustrations of the American people. Nothing touched me more than the parents I met who feared that illness would strike a child who is uninsured.

A sick child is always a worry. A sick child that you can't get help for is a parent's worst nightmare. Helping the 11 million children who have no health coverage isn't even on the radar screen of the Bush administration and the Republican leaders in Congress. But, we're going to put it there.

It is totally unacceptable that, in the greatest country in the world, millions of children are not getting the health care they need. That's why this week I introduced the Kids Come First Act. Help me push through the Republicans' political roadblocks and take care of the 11 million children without health insurance.

The Republican leadership will try to prevent this essential legislation from ever seeing the light of day. Help me gather one million co-signers for the Kids Come First Act, and we'll force them to act or to admit that they just don't care enough to act. Here's why it's so important to do something now:

- 1/4 of children are not fully up to date on their basic immunizations.
- 1/3 with chronic asthma do not get a prescription for medications they need.
- 1/2 of uninsured children have not had a well child visit in the past year.
- 1 in 6 has delayed or unmet medical needs.
- 1 in 5 has trouble accessing health care.
- 1 in 4 does not see a dentist annually.
- 1 in 3 had no health insurance during 2002 and 2003.

For more information on the Kids Come First Act and to sign the Petition, Click Here.

Kerry is working hard in the Senate to garner support for this Bill (S 114). The Bill was introduced on Monday, January 24th. Currently five Senators are Co-Sponsoring this bill: Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), Senator Jon Corzine (NJ), Senator Edward Kennedy (MA), Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ), and Senator Patty Murray (WA). Please contact your local Senators and ask them to Co-Sponsor this Bill.

From The Daou Report: Kerry to make major speech on children's health care Thursday - will play hardball with Republicans who obstruct.


Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Wonkette has a strange take on this:

11:10 AM  
Blogger bahiabob said...

Take your own advice and Move On. It's over, Rover. Kerry is never going to be president of anything except what his wife will give him. 52 Million Americans said so on Nov. 2nd 2004 in case you weren't paying attention.

11:46 AM  
Blogger beachmom1 said...

Pardon me, sir, but last time I looked, John Kerry was a member of the U.S. Senate representing the people of Massachusetts, a position I think he will manage to keep as long as he wants it. And considering that 48% of Americans did not vote for your guy, we appreciate it when a Senator can come forward and give voice to OUR goals and aspirations. Besides, correct me if I'm wrong, but this is not necessarily a "Kerry 2008" blog but a blog keeping up with what the Senator is up to. Can we at least have that? Without your snide comments? Thank you for that consideration.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Quite a large number of Americans also expressed a desire for Kerry to be President. This was an extremely close election for a wartime incumbent, especially considering the extent of the smear and disinformation campaign run by Bush/Rove.

Polls also showed that more people agreed with Kerry than Bush on must issues.

At the moment, I see John Kerry as the man who previously took on Richard Nixon over Vietnam and Ronald Reagan over the Iran Contra scandle, and who is now a likely candidate to lead the fight against George Bush's policies which are harmful to both our national security and our economy.

It is not uncommon for opposition leaders in other countries to become elected after losing earlier elections. Richard Nixon became President after losing a close election. Ronald Reagan became President after failing to win the Republican nomination in a previous year. It is prematue to speculate on candidates for 2008, but John Kerry remains a strong contender.

2:13 PM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

John Kerry represents Americans nearly to the same extent as President Bush. Their votes were almost statistically the same. Do not discount Kerry. He will not fade away into the sunset or melt like the wicked witch getting dumped a bucket of water.

Kerry doesn't quit. America cannot afford him to quit. We have a President currently plunging our nation into massive debt, who lied about why he took our nation to war, who has weakened our environmental protections, and is now threatening to undermine even the basic protection of Social Security for our elderly.

I for one am glad John Kerry is leading the Democrats on these issues.

If you would like to read more, visit my blog, John Kerry for President 2008.


9:21 PM  

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