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Friday, June 07, 2013

 9:32 PM 

Kind focuses on health care in convo speech

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on delegates to talk to their friends and neighbors about the benefits of federal health care reform and urge them to sign up with the exchanges in order to counter a lopsided “misinformation” campaign by the law’s opponents.

He said the opposition to the Affordable Care Act is about ideology and not substance. He recounted a conversation in which he talked to a voter about the benefits of the health care bill. He said the person agreed with each point, but that he just did not like the “Obama” in Obamacare.

He noted that for every $1 spent to explain the benefits of the bill, $5 has been spent on messages opposing it.

“The message of deceit lies and misinformation is having an impact,” he said, urging delegates to spread the message among friends and neighbors .

He said he is setting up a website, “Just the Facts,” to explain the law.

He criticized Walker for refusing federal money to expand BadgerCare and for declining to set up a state health care exchange.

He said Walker’s decision on BadgerCare would leave 85,000 without insurance who otherwise would be able to have it and result in increased taxes for individuals and business, calling it “fiscal malpractice driven by ideology.”

He criticized the GOP in Washington for not voting to support background checks for firearms.

As a former special prosecutor, he said he “felt very uneasy that a violent convicted rapist can go on the Internet and purchase a gun.”

He praised Wisconsin voters for making history by re-electing the first African-American president and electing Tammy Baldwin, which he said nobody thought could be done.

Kind also warned democracy is at risk due to redistricting, noting that Democrats won the majority of votes in the state and in the country, yet have a minority in the House.

Democracy is also at risk in the state, he said, through both redistricting and voter ID.

“It’s an attempt to thwart majority rule,” Kind said.

Kind urged delegates to get out the vote.

“We’ve got to take back this state; we have to right this country,” Kind said.“The big decisions are made on Election Day and they are made by those who show up.”

Listen to the speech.

 -- By David Wise


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