Kennedy Op-Ed: An Act of Malice

US News & World Report

In May of 2012, I got the call everyone dreads. My fiancee, now wife, had collapsed at work. She was being rushed to the emergency room of a Boston hospital.

 

It’s a moment painfully familiar to many. Time stops. You fight to push your breath down your throat. Your brain gets stuck on a highlight reel of worst-case scenarios. You are sick. You are terrified.

 

We were among the lucky ones. Lauren was OK. Testing revealed no incurable disease or impending danger, no worst nightmare confirmed. Most critically, our health coverage gave us the support we needed to focus on the one thing that mattered most – her recovery.

 

For all families in America, that is – or should be – the shared expectation for our country’s health care system. Not some abstract assembly of budget scores and growth rates and insurance markets, but a lifeline. A collective commitment this society makes to care for one another in our time of deepest need.

 

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AP: A New Kennedy Takes on GOP on Health Care

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A familiar name from Massachusetts, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, is carrying his family legacy into a new era, battling Republicans who want to undo Barack Obama’s health care law.

Kennedy, the 36-year-old grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and great-nephew of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy, has been a low-key presence in the House since he was first elected in his Boston-area district in 2012. He emerged last week as a major Democratic voice against the Republican health care bill, delivering several speeches in a committee’s all-night session that have been viewed millions of times on the internet.

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Sun Chronicle: Strong words from Kennedy

Jim Hand, Sun Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy is not usually known for inflammatory rhetoric, but last week during a committee meeting he scorched House Speaker Paul Ryan and his bill replacing Obamacare.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, started the marathon committee meeting on the bill by taking exception to Ryan’s claim that killing that provides health care to 20 million Americans is an act of mercy.

“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill an ‘act of mercy,’ ” Kennedy said.

“With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture. The one I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us.

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Globe: Joe Kennedy III attacks GOP health plan for its ‘malice’

Josh Miller, Boston Globe

US Representative Joe Kennedy III ripped into the House GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act Wednesday in a surprisingly pointed jibe at Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ryan said Tuesday that Republicans are “doing an act of mercy” by repealing the law known as Obamacare and replacing it with something else.
Kennedy, shall we say, does not share that assessment.

“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture,” Kennedy said as the House Energy and Commerce Committee dove into the details of the GOP effort.

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Huff Po: Dem Lawmaker Calls GOP Health Care Repeal Bill An Act Of ‘Malice,’ Not ‘Mercy’

Kim Bellware, Huffington Post

House Republicans’ current efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are more malicious than merciful, says one Democratic lawmaker.

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) issued a harsh rebuke of the GOP-led effort on Wednesday during his opening statements at the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on legislation to repeal and replace the ACA.

Kennedy singled out a comment House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a day earlier, in which he called the GOP’s repeal effort “an act of mercy.”

“There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury … This is not an act of mercy; this is an act of malice,” Kennedy said Wednesday.

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