Today is the official beginning of my campaign for Congress. I will be speaking at five different locations across the district:
8 am — Lancaster — Sandee’s Restaurant, 162 Main Street
10 am — Concord — Emerson Hospital, 133 Old Road to Nine Acres Corner
1 pm — Lowell — Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue
3 pm — Lawrence — Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Corner of Park Street and Lawrence Street
5 pm — RALLY IN ACTON — Jones Tavern, 128 Main Street
6pm — Shirley — House Party at the home of Tom Lynch and Karen Ludington, 5 Lancaster Road
Please come by if you can, to any of these locations. The largest one will be at 5:00pm in my hometown in Acton, but it would be great to see anyone from Blue Mass Group at any of the stops. And if you make it, please make an effort to let me know that you learned about the kickoff here or that you read these posts.
Among the things I will be talking about along the way, will be my call for Single Payer Universal Health Care. I’ve been following the discussion of health care proposals on BMG and I appreciate the smart commentary from the community. To ensure that there are no questions about exactly where I stand, I will be unveiling a concrete proposal for single payer in the same way I’ve been specific about each of my policy positions.
I am happy to talk further about my plan to pass and implement single payer in the coming days, but for those who are cynical I will offer this before I begin my kick off:
America will solve its health care crisis the day we move toward a single payer system and not a day before. It is the only system we know that would cover every man woman and child, preserve choice, and reduce costs. The Conyers bill today has 62 cosponsors including Marty Meehan and four other Massachusetts Congressmen. The majority of the American public support government guaranteed health care. What is needed now is strong leadership.
The politics of expediency and compromise have failed, and there are 45 million uninsured and many more underinsured Americans who will tell you the same thing. We will not accomplish great things in this country without standing up and fighting for them. Fighting for something less is a failed strategy that progressive Democrats have no business continuing. I am running for United States Congress, to lead!
I look forward to continuing the discussion, and I hope you can join me today.