Last updated on: 1/17/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Dennis Kucinich, MA Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (D-OH)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“There are some who believe that health care is a privilege based on ability to pay. This is the model President Obama is dealing with, attempting to open up health care to another 30 million people, within the context of the for-profit insurance system. There are others who believe that health care is a basic right and ought to be provided through a not-for-profit plan. This is what I have tirelessly advocated.

I have carried the banner of national health care in two presidential campaigns, in party platform meetings, and as co-author of HR676, Medicare for All. I have worked to expand the health care debate beyond the current for-profit system, to include a public option and an amendment to free the states to pursue single payer…

I joined with the Progressive Caucus saying that I would not support the bill unless it had a strong public option and unless it protected the right of people to pursue single payer at a state level. It did not. I kept my pledge and voted against the bill…

In the past week it has become clear that the vote on the final health care bill will be very close. I take this vote with the utmost seriousness. I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted the better part of the last century to bring America in line with other modern democracies in providing single payer health care…

I know I have to make a decision, not on the bill as I would like to see it, but the bill as it is. My criticisms of the legislation have been well reported. I do not retract them. I incorporate them in this statement. They still stand as legitimate and cautionary. I still have doubts about the bill. I do not think it is a first step toward anything I have supported in the past. This is not the bill I wanted to support, even as I continue efforts until the last minute to modify the bill.

However after careful discussions with the President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Elizabeth my wife and close friends, I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.”

“Kucinich Remarks on Health Care Reform Bill,” www.kucinich.house.gov, Mar. 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Analyst, Fox News, 2013-present
  • Founder, Kucinich Action, 2013-present
  • US Representative (D-OH), 1997-2012
  • Chairman, Domestic Policy Subcommittee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, US House of Representatives
  • Member, Education and Labor Committee, US House of Representatives
  • Member, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States (IATSE)
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate, 2004, 2008
  • Official US delegate to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, 1998, 2004
  • Recipient, Gandhi Peace Award, 2003
  • Attendee, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg (South Africa), 2002
  • Ohio State Senator, 1994-1996
  • Councilman, Cleveland (OH), 1970-1975, 1981-1982
  • Mayor, Cleveland (OH), 1977-1979
  • Clerk, Cleveland Ohio Municipal Courts, 1976-1977
  • Councilman, Cleveland (OH), 1970-1975
  • Member, Cleveland Ohio City Council, 1969-1973
Education:
  • MA, Speech Communication, Case Western Reserve University, 1974
  • BA, Speech Communication, Case Western Reserve University, 1973
Other:
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