U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III held his 10th group corridor this month in Framingham, chatting with over 100 on the ātac: downtown arts + music stage about how he’ll assist residents afford well being and psychological well being care, youngster care and help public schooling. He additionally spoke to the Each day Information about why he selected to run in opposition to Democratic incumbent Sen. Ed Markey.
FRAMINGHAM – Strolling beneath the magenta glow of the ātac: downtown arts + music stage in Framingham on Saturday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III waved to a cheering crowd of over 100 folks earlier than pausing to kneel right down to just a little lady within the entrance row.
“She was a visitor of Rep. Jeff Roy (D-Franklin) at his dwelling at one among my first occasions for Congress,” stated Kennedy on the group city corridor held that afternoon on the Superb Issues Arts Heart – the 10th one he’s held this month. “She’s a exceptional little lady – she gave me an enormous hug.”
When the Each day Information requested why he determined to run in opposition to Sen. Ed Markey (D), who has served in Congress since 1976, Kennedy answered, “As a result of I do assume we’re in a second of nice consequence and disaster for our nation, and I believe that second requires that we do all the things we probably can to assist the nation navigate its approach via it.”
“And once more, this isn’t a swing state and it’s not a swing seat,” he stated. “What comes with that could be a particular stage of, I believe, alternative and accountability to just be sure you are being there for your whole constituents and are on the market preventing for them, and that they comprehend it, too. In the event you consider that we’re on this second of consequence, then it’s essential to get all the things you’ll be able to out of that seat, and I believe we are able to get extra.”
He acknowledged these penalties his constituents and past expertise on the intimate, city corridor setting at 160 Hollis St. The 135-seat theater was packed as Kennedy, who’s difficult Markey for his seat within the Democratic major, spoke about his targets, akin to offering Medicare for all and rising entry to well being and psychological well being care.
He introduced his determination to run in opposition to the Democratic incumbent in September. The final Kennedy to carry a Senate seat was Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died whereas in workplace.
The next are a couple of questions viewers members requested Kennedy:
Q: A Sudbury resident requested: Dallas-based Tenet HealthCare lately introduced that the MetroWest Medical Heart will likely be shutting down many companies at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick. What ought to the federal government do about that?
A: Kennedy stated he didn’t know the main points of the state of affairs, however stated there must be an “overhaul” on the economics surrounding well being care.
“Now we have a system in the meanwhile that has been in a position to present for many who have entry to it and may afford to pay for it…that system that I simply described isn’t ok,” stated Kennedy. “Now we have a well being care system in Massachusetts that many people have labored laborious on and ought to be proud (of) – you’ve 98% of individuals lined. However 98% of individuals lined doesn’t rectify the truth that a few of our most prized establishments will lose cash off of each single Medicaid affected person that they see.”
Due to that, much less Medicaid sufferers will likely be recruited, he stated, leading to “a disparity when it comes to consequence.”
“Regardless of the wonderful work that some locations do, when you’ve of us that take a predominately Medicaid inhabitants – they do unbelievable work, but when your margins are that skinny, it’s awfully laborious to guarantee that everybody will get (well being care),” he stated. “It’s the large motive I signed onto Medicare for all.”
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Q: Massachusetts Council for Distinctive Kids President Elizabeth Stringer Keefe requested: Educators at the moment are being crushed beneath funding disparities and lack of sources. How will you help them?
A: Kennedy stated faculty districts want extra help from the state and federal authorities to make sure that a scholar’s schooling isn’t “decided by their zip code,” stating that there must be a “systemic, complete, overhaul of the early child-care system – from delivery to five.”
“For the primary time in American historical past, our authorities, state and federal have determined to shift the onus of that schooling, the price of it, onto the person scholar and household relatively than put it towards our society,” he stated, stating that each youngster’s schooling may be funded by property taxes.
“In my very own district – Newton – it has much more sources than Fall River does. So it’s going to be as much as different entities – the state and federal authorities – to come back in and again fill these and help these programs, to make sure that these children…(won’t have their schooling) decided by their zip code,” he stated. One other overwhelming issue is the price of early youngster care, he stated, the common price of it in Massachusetts being almost $20,000 per youngster per 12 months.
“It is dearer on a yearly foundation to care for a kid from delivery to five than it’s to ship your child to the College of Massachusetts,” he stated. “The consequence of that’s that for households with means, they encompass their children with all the care…that they might probably want, till they begin public schooling system at 5. For households who don’t have these sources…we put it on public schooling to say, ‘remedy that hole.’”
Q: A 25-year-old lady from Sudbury requested: I battle with psychological well being points and have been beneath my mother and father’ insurance coverage, nonetheless, I flip 26 this 12 months and can lose that protection. How will you assist these like me afford that care?
A: Kennedy stated the psychological well being care system wants an overhaul and is at the moment engaged on a invoice to handle the difficulty, including that he desires to go Medicare for all so everybody can get psychological well being care protection.
Earlier on throughout his introduction, Kennedy stated that “half of the adults in our nation at the moment won’t get entry to the psychological and behavioral well being care that they want,” describing a scene at an Attleboro hospital he witnessed a couple of months in the past.
“They couldn’t get the gurneys down the hallways within the emergency room as a result of they have been overflowing with folks in want of psychological and habits well being,” he stated. “There was an 83-year-old senior citizen that had been there in that emergency room for 5 days. There was an Eight-year-old little boy who was there for 150 hours and counting, ready for a mattress. And I believe we are able to do higher.”
That is the 10th city corridor Kennedy has held within the state this month, holding 4 extra earlier than the top of February. Two of them – one in Lawrence and one other in East Boston – will likely be held fully in Spanish, the primary time Kennedy has ever completed so, he instructed the Each day Information.
“We’re gonna attain out to of us that oftentimes get ignored, that aren’t essentially requested to be a part of this dialog and a part of this course of,” he stated, to talk to them “actually, in a language (they) may be extra snug to have a full-on dialog in.”
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