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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the promise of America

by Jess King, candidate for US House PA-16, January 15, 2018

“And how are the children?”

This was the theme of this morning’s 30th anniversary Crispus Attucks Community Center Breakfast honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here in Lancaster.

So how are OUR children? In Lancaster City, 42.7% of our children live below the poverty line. In Reading, 48.9%. Our children are brilliant, beautiful, precious – but they are not okay. WE are not okay when half of our children live in poverty.

Before he was killed, Dr. King turned his attention to poverty, calling on America to redeem the revolutionary promise of our founding documents:

“We read, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.”

And, we could add, his children suffer too….

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A heartbreaking moral failure

by Jess King, candidate for Congress, PA-16.

This is a heartbreaking moral failure: the government is inches away from shutting down tonight because the GOP would rather cater to extremists in their ranks than pass a deal that protects children and immigrants.

Let’s be clear about how we got here: The GOP controls Congress and the White House. They let CHIP funding expire in September. They revoked DACA. They could have reauthorized CHIP and restored protections for DREAMers at any time. Instead, the GOP used children and immigrants as hostages in a preventable spending crisis. It’s appalling.

And what is Rep. Lloyd Smucker doing? He’s turning his back on the 9 million children who will be stuck without CHIP funding and the 700,00 DACA recipients living in fear.

Paul Ryan and Rep. Lloyd Smucker have betrayed our families too many times. This is the year we replace them.

If someone was threatening to take away my daughter’s health insurance, or threatening to send her to a country she’s never lived in, I’d be out of my mind.

We should be funding health care for children. We should be protecting our fellow Americans from deportation. Period.

Tonight shows us exactly what’s at stake if we don’t give this fight everything we’ve got.

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2018 Dem candidates chip away at Trumpist Smucker in PA-16

from Christina Hartman, 8/31/17:

We need a real representative, not just a Trump rubber-stamp!

I opened the LNP this morning to see a report on Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s first eight months in Congress. Here are some highlights:

-Smucker “has a nearly perfect score in voting with his party,” including a vote to weaken Obama-era rules protecting Main Street from Wall Street greed.

-Smucker voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw millions of Americans off their health insurance (and make being a woman a pre-existing condition, again).

-Smucker has voted “essentially 100 percent” in line with Donald Trump’s disastrous agenda.

We deserve a real representative, not just a rubber-stamp. If you agree, please chip in $10 or more to support my campaign before our August deadline….

and from Jess King, 8/31/17

Despite having the entire month of August off, Rep. Lloyd Smucker has not held a single public town hall to hear from constituents and explain his vote for the GOP health care bill. I decided that if he wasn’t going to hold a town hall, if he won’t answer your questions about health care, then I would. Yesterday, I held a town hall outside his district office in Lancaster to discuss how we can transform our healthcare system.

At our town hall event last night, I heard my neighbors’ fears about the GOP health care bill and their excitement about Medicare-for-All. A friend of mine shared how she survived breast cancer twice. She said if Obamacare’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions were repealed then “her son would be without a mom.” Listening to your stories reinspired me to win this campaign and bring our vision for a Medicare-for-All system to Washington.

But changing the status quo won’t be easy. Will you join us by donating to the campaign today?

I believe it is wrong for any American to live in the richest nation on this Earth and be denied medical care simply because they cannot pay. No one should suffer an illness or die because they cannot afford available treatment. Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege….

Single-payer system would solve health care woes

by Jess King, 2018 candidate for congressional district PA-16, at Lancaster Online, 5/21/17, excerpt:

…The reality we face is a rigged political system in which only the biggest, most entrenched insurance corporations get their way.

Over the past four decades, health insurance industry lobbyists have literally been writing our legislation and consolidating their control over a complicated system, while leaving the rest of us to navigate a perilous maze.

What we need is health care policy whose starting point is the concrete needs and experiences of everyday people. For most of us, deciding among competing insurance agencies is like pulling teeth. Which ones include the doctor I’ve been seeing for years, let alone the same health system? What is actually covered?

I attempted to get prices from different doctors last year as I rationed and evaluated spending toward my massive insurance deductible. They couldn’t give me prices for the procedures they offered; they didn’t know the numbers, or even how to get them.

Other numbers are available, and they are telling. The United States spends more than double the average of other developed countries and gets far worse outcomes. We have the highest child mortality rate in the developed world and lower life expectancy than our peers.

Other developed countries are more advanced than we are in making sure citizens have access to quality health care, and it costs them less than what we pay for a system that leaves millions behind. The money wasted on insurance company administration and bloated executive pay could extend coverage to America’s uninsured.

A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that most Americans support “expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.”…

read the full column at Lancaster Online