Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Health Care



Would put Dr. Fauci on trial over COVID vaccines

Kennedy argues that reporters, as well as former chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci and other officials, should have at least expressed skepticism earlier on, when it became clear that vaccines did not completely stop the spread of the virus. "I would like to see a trial," Kennedy said of Fauci. He said Fauci had been obligated to use the best data in making decisions and he did not believe that he had done so. Fauci has not been accused of breaking the law by any U.S. enforcement agency.
Source: Newsweek on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Jul 20, 2023

Public option not right thing, unless part of single-payer

Kennedy was asked whether, given the hostility to the pharmaceutical companies he often expresses while talking about vaccines, he'd be willing to support a "public option" for pharmaceuticals. He immediately dismissed this, saying, "Oh, I don't think that's the right thing," and switching the subject to how to insulate regulatory agencies from the industry's influence. He didn't even pause to explain why it wouldn't be the right thing. Apparently, he finds the suggestion too outlandish to consider.

Last month, Kennedy was asked if he would support "universal health care through a Medicare for All program." In his response, Kennedy shifted the goalposts in a more moderate direction, redefining "single-payer" health care to mean something more like the Obama/Biden "public option" proposal. He said, "my highest ambition would be to have a single-payer program where people who want to have private programs can go ahead and do that, but to have a single program that is available to everybody."

Source: Jacobin e-zine on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Jun 9, 2023

We will move from a sick care system to a wellness society

We face today a terrible pandemic—not of Covid, but of chronic disease. Autoimmunity, allergies, diabetes, obesity, addiction, anxiety, and depression afflict two-thirds of the population, up from a few percent in our grandparents' time. A Kennedy administration will go beyond making existing modalities available to all, to include low-cost alternative and holistic therapies that have been marginalized in a pharma-dominated system. We will move from a sick care system to a wellness society.
Source: 2024 Presidential campaign website kennedy24.com , May 4, 2023

Un-American to end religious exemptions for vaccinations

A lawsuit challenging the state's end to the religious exemption for vaccinations was announced by Kennedy along with legal activist Michael Sussman. "Religious rights are fundamental," Kennedy said. "To enact such harsh legislation without any legislative fact-finding, and with the legislators' open display of prejudice towards religious beliefs different than their own, is simply un-American; it is essential that we fight this."
Source: Spectrum News 1 on 2024 Presidential hopefuls , Jul 10, 2019

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2024 Republican Presidential Candidates:
Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Larry Elder (R-CA;withdrew)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
Former V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN;withdrew)
Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Secy. Corey Stapleton (R-MT)
Mayor Francis Suarez (R-FL;withdrew)
Former Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)

2024 Democratic and 3rd-party primary candidates:
Pres. Joe Biden (D-DE)
V.P.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (I-NY)
Joe "Exotic" Maldonado (Libertarian)
Rep.Dean Phillips (D-MN)
Cornel West (Green Party)
Kanye West (Birthday Party)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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