Mar 10, 2020
The following text is from the introduction of part one of my interview with Geoff (episode sixteen):
Geoff and I discuss our concerns with current New Jersey third’s Democratic Congressman, Andy Kim. Kim defeated MacArthur by a razor's edge in November 2018 and, in my estimation, Geoff’s viral confrontation with his Republican opponent played a significant role in that victory. Now, more than a year through his first two-year term, Kim has certainly performed "better than MacArthur," but that is quite the low bar.
Kim strongly focused his year and-a-half campaign around progressive issues such as universal healthcare, earning him the endorsement of the prominent progressive organization, Bold Progressives. To this day, however, he still spends more time and energy worrying about the potential consequences of implementing universal healthcare, than about the millions of Americans who are, right now, suffering, dying, and going bankrupt because we don’t have it. As a federal representative, Andy Kim has access to any resource or expert on the planet. If he really wanted his constituents to have universal healthcare, he would have determined these answers and their solutions long ago.
Below is a recent campaign email, Kim urges his supporters for a signature and a contribution in order to "ensure every American has access to quality affordable healthcare." Notice how at the bottom of the email, Kim brags about "not taking a dime of corporate PAC money."
"Quality affordable healthcare" is fine for those who can afford it. What about the nearly eighty million Americans who have no or poor health insurance? They can't afford "affordable healthcare." They are desperate for healthcare.
What's the point of refusing corporate PAC money when you still won't help your most disadvantaged constituents? Who is fighting for them?
Kim's 2020 campaign kickoff is next week, March 14th, 2020.