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Rebekah Kennedy on Health Care

Green Senate challenger


Health crisis caused by industry's waste and profiteering

Q: How do you see science, research, and technology contributing to improved health and quality of life?

A: While science has an important roll to play in the future of health care, our current health crisis is not caused by a lack of scientific advancement. It is caused by waste and profiteering in the health care industry. All of the best technology in the world will not improve outcomes for the average citizen if only a lucky few have access to health care when they need it. That is why I support universal single payer health care also known as National Health Insurance. I believe this can be done in a way that avoids problems noted in the English and Canadian systems, including concerns about health care choices and compensation of medical professionals. Other industrialized nations, such as Japan have had reasonable success in dealing with these issue.

Source: 2008 Senate questionnaire by SEA & 18 science organizations Sep 9, 2008

Replace failed private health system with national program

Healthcare in the US, for the ordinary citizen, is the worst and most expensive care available in any industrialized nation. This remains true even though the US is a leader in developing cutting edge medical treatments. The lack of preventive care and early intervention typical of American healthcare places a great burden on taxpayers and providers for acute and emergency care that could have been prevented.

The private system of health insurance and providers has utterly failed America. It does not need to be reworked or reformed, it needs to be replaced with a National Health Insurance program that works for all Americans. Such a solution would have the additional benefit of removing healthcare costs from the overhead of employers, including small businesses for whom healthcare is sometimes an overwhelming expense. Increased productivity due to a healthier workforce and less business overhead would help to offset the costs to taxpayers.

Source: Campaign website, www.kennedy2008.org, "Issues" Jun 1, 2008

Supports Universal Single Payer National Health Care

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "More federal funding for health coverage?"

A: Do Support. I support Universal Single Payer National Health Care/ National Health Insurance.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org May 20, 2008

Other candidates on Health Care: Rebekah Kennedy on other issues:
AR Gubernatorial:
Mike Beebe
AR Senatorial:
Blanche Lambert Lincoln
Mark Pryor


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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