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the social movement of the .960's leading up to woodstock sunday at 9:00 a.m. eastern on c-span's washington journal, tv" on c-span3. announcer 2: next representative rashida tlaib of michigan takes art in a town hall meeting in health care -- part in a town hall meeting in health care. after that the u.s. election meeting on election security. congress is in recess for the month of august -- members are back in their districts. here is a look at what a few of them are doing. james lankford tweeted this. love okc, this community coming together to make the greatest difference. today i am volunteering at one ,ay okc, a day where businesses nonprofits and faith organizations work together to serve children, family and
elderly walking through a difficult season. mitch walberg says it was exciting to see that ymca and pro-medical wellness center break ground and to hear about what this will mean for the community. on wednesday representative rashida tlaib anticipated in a town hall meeting on health care, hosted by community organizers in highland park, michigan. this is an hour and 45 minutes. >> now this is a serious question that we have to address. we have panelists today that will talk about this issue. the question of what do we do for folks that need long-term care. what do we do about our seniors that want to live at home but they need a little bit of help making sure they are in a row?
these are the things we are trying to talk about today when we talk about things like long-term care. the other point. when someone in your family get worryou shouldn't have to about will i get paid today? we need serious paid family medical leave that if your child gets sick, you can take some time off to make sure they are ok emotionally, physically, and mentally. you shouldn't have to lose your pay or your job to do these simple acts. areof these things encompassed in what we like to call the caring economy. guaranteeseconomy every single person in this country is respect no matter what. we don't talk about the folks that are getting those services. that arebout the folks
providing those services. you cannot automate the human touch. you cannot automate the care a senior need. that will not happen. the question we have to ask ourselves is if we respect our seniors and elders and kids, will we treat the folks providing that care with dignity and respect? are we making sure they will not get sick? that they don't lose their job because their daughter, son, mother, sister get sick. willey need time off, we give them time off. if they need to collectively bargain for higher wages, they can do that. that there is a minimum wage so they are not take care of someone or nine dollars an hour. u.s. kenny of these greedy
billionaires to take care of their mother for nine dollars an hour, they will tell you know. if we respect our seniors and kids -- they are worth more than that. we have an incredible group of panelists. i will have them introduce itmselves to explain what means to build a caring economy. from when you are born, making sure you have the services that you need. to all the way when you're older. i will close with a personal story. who gotn older brother sick in 2013. required full-time care.
in 2013, my brother got really sick. motorabetes, lost some function in his legs. he is dependent. has to breathe from a little hole the size of a mcdonald's straw. i think about the privilege that that myhad in my family parents had eight kids. we are pretty tight it. we were able to all chip in to make sure we take care of this. we make sure we know we can do for him when his trachea gets messy. we help him walk to the bathroom. we monitor his food so he doesn't choke. we make sure he is taking his meds and everything in between. i think about the folks who have one child in the folks who have andparent or live alone
dealt with the circumstances. what are we doing to make sure those people get the same amount of care that we are able to provide my brother? even with eight kids we still need help. we still need help to make sure that he has all the supplies he needs. i cannot tell you how many times we have to call the insurance .ompany any time something changes, if you needs an adaptation for his medication. how we make sure we are building that caring economy or all of these people? this incredible group of panelists will talk about what it means in child care. what it means to invest in long-term family care and senior care. in ait means to invest medicare for all single-payer system. what it means to make care --
make sure all of those people are treated with midi and respect and they get the care they deserve. and we will have folks quickly introduce themselves. [applause] >> my name is bria lewis, i recently became involved in these events. just looking forward to delve further into these issues as well as hearing from the perspective of the other panelists. >> hello everybody. i have a part of mothering justice, michigan united, and a bunch of other group. i'm trying to help clean up our city.
childcare andable medicaid for all. everyone, i want to thank you all for coming out. it is a diverse crowd. we have youth, elderly people, different races. we need that. i also want to thank our councilwoman for being a champion of change for fighting all of these issues. it is tough out there, especially in the crazy white house. us.definitely fight for thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. thank you.
the only way we get closer to universal health care is from your activism. thank you for being a voice for so many that can't speak up because of the broken inhumane health care system. i'm honored to be here as your member of congress representing the 13th district. this new class is not only diverse but it is also real. , one inmy colleagues particular had no health care until she became a member of congress. another has a pre-existing condition and knows what it would need to take away that protection. another lost her mother because of the broken health care system. not only are we diverse, we are also so real in how we have been impacted by this broken health care system in our country. have so much help that we will get to targetsayer, that
thousands of dollars for insulin . this is all they need to survive, this insulin. things that the government subsidize for. that we paid for the development and research of. we should be able to provide for our families very easily. it should not be this tough. anything transformative in this country, i don't care what it was. streetly happened in the with people like you. continue to fight back. out, the majority of the democratic caucus now supports impeaching this president. >> good evening everyone. withnd in total agreement
michigan united mothering across, andcarrying the alliance. thank you. [applause] >> good evening everybody. advocate fort workers and activist in my community. i want to thank everyone for coming out. we have some stories for you. [applause] >> so, we will now hear from our panelists. they will share their stories about their personal stake in this game. how you are impacted in what we
are trying to build. why do you want to keep fighting? >> just like the congresswoman said, health care care for all is necessary. i am a victim where i lost my job that gave me health care coverage. i went two my job, years without coverage. that prevented me from going to the doctor and finding out if there were issues going on with you. by the time i was eligible for medicare, i did go back and i had developed diabetes. i found out that i developed diabetes is when i went to the emergency room and had a cut on my finger and it swelled up. do those preliminary tests when you go to the emergency room. ed.anick i figured because i lived a healthy lifestyle, going two
years without insurance would be ok. it wasn't. i was diagnosed with prediabetes, now i am a full on diabetic. aboutere tonight to talk the economy and how important it is for this medicaid expansion for all. there are families out here suffering who cannot go to the doctor because they don't have health care coverage. i will talk about the big insurance companies. that is a travesty. about what canlk be done. i'm fighting with the congresswoman to make sure this message gets across to the lawmakers that we need to care for all. this is a human right. [applause] >> i would like to thank god for
another chance to share my story. thanks to the congresswoman and for the michigan united and mothering justice. thank you for this town hall. thank you for allowing me a few minutes of your time. school, my past choice was technology. i wanted to become an entrepreneur. i went to work, i went to school, i have five children and i knew my mother was aging. at that time, i was young. inn you are young you take the world. you don't think about the consequences because you have the energy. you just do it. caregivery mother's in 1999, when i noticed she needed special needs.
in the state of michigan, they houred my mother $5.15 per for 20 hours a month for her to pay me. that was not working for me. i had to work, finish school, i had five children, i also was planning to get married. i think god again because we made it. in 2014 my mother passed away at 88 years old. she lived in her home. she was healthy. she was surrounded by her family. even though it is hard, it was not easy for me and my family to take care of her and taking care of ourselves at the same time. i believe working together is the key to having a successful and healthy.
i learned it from my mother who was a teacher and community leader. she always was a going above and jan the call of duty. my parents moved here from georgia. district forur over 15 years. i love my community and state. suffering people are and some are even dying because of the lack of care. this is unnecessary. years, the state of michigan has said we are invisible anymore. aren't invisible anymore. our first wage increase. we had a voice that made it clear that if something wasn't done then, it would get worked. it did.
we are in a crisis right now. there is a shortage of 32,000 health their workers in the state of michigan. aren't getting the care are suffering because workers are not being recognized. we need the caring ecomony to build up workers so people could have the care they need. lets use united stand and make it work. [applause] >> hello everyone, again. is there any fathers in the house? let me give you guys a round of applause. [applause]
talk about health care and childcare. was even necessarily here for health care. it hit our country hard. ago.t my cousin two years i was working for the michigan democratic campaign. it was a tough time meat. he died, nine years old. 39 years old. it was really too late. we all haveant that affordable health care. i haven't had health care for the last two years. it is serious. people get sick all the time.
a lot of people don't have money. we have people getting rich off of us getting sick. it doesn't make any sense. i can't stand the thought of it. this woman right here is my mom. i love you. i have to thank her so much because the support she gave me, i was fortunate. a lot of my friends and relatives have problems with childcare. i know a lot of people who lost jobs due to not having a babysitter. it is sad that you cannot find support. in here, you all deserve a round of applause.
i grew up without my father so i know how it feels. it hurt. they don't have the support they need. i'm lucky enough to have support from my mom. i thank you for that. it has been a roller coaster ride. i will be honest with you all. there was time i didn't have babysitters. i couldn't afford it. the job didn't understand that. they didn't care to understand that. i understood it was a job. they never really took the time out to understand where i was coming from. i called off four times due to not having a babysitter and i was fired. it is important for us to have
affordable childcare. thank you guys for giving me opportunities. [applause] >> i have to go behind that. being an unlicensed childcare provider gives me an opportunity to help families in need. they don't have reasonable priced childcare. when they think about affordable childcare, we have to the about the compassion when it comes down to watching children. i have been doing childcare for 20 years. it shows that you care. i have to do the basics. i have to have my neighbors watch their children.
when we talk about affordable care, we have to be holding people accountable. questionsked the first , a lot of us take advantage of our health care. care who don't have health , we have to push and say we need affordable health care for all. taxes -- we pay taxes, where is our money going? we have to make sure we are living healthy and strong because we have health data. i will turn the ball over. [applause] >> i have been asked to address the topic of paid family leave. from twoctive comes
different angles. one is the part of the work i do. i work in legal services. i hear countless stories of people having these choices. i get the call about eviction. had ans out this person child that was hospitalized or a chronic illness or had to choose between taking the time off of lovednd caring for their one. they were ultimately fired. coming at the issue out on a personal level. to take advantage of family medical leave but had to do so much sooner in my current pregnancy then i planned.
doingomes a question of what is financially preferable versus what would result in the best result for my health and the health of my unborn children as well. everybody, i have concluded that i am at the intersection of a lot of these issues, as many other people are in that i am navigating what the system offers in terms of leave childcare costs. as well as the work of actually caring or children. in the past, my husband had to go back to work within a few days of giving birth. a lot of the support came from my mother. my mother is now caring for my grandmother, who is 90. there is a long-term care issue
in that as well. my grandmother deserves to age with every bit of dignity that she has lived with. the dynamic of what my options are. the choices i am facing are more and example of the piecemeal approach of caregiving that we have. my circumstances aren't nearly as dire as a lot of other people. nevertheless, it is a piecemeal approach. instead of focusing on the well-being and the well-being of my children and family, i'm focused on doing the best with the pieces. people make do. people have been making do. means that,r me making do for other people means do i get evicted or take care of a sick child. how longion becomes are we satisfied with taking dual?
is making do enough when we can do better? countries with far fewer resources than we have managed to craft policies that serve their economy as well as their citizens. why can't we do that? issues,th the other paid leave is as much an opportunity to promote economics , the social, familial, well-being. the interest of our citizens in that way. established -- it is clearly been done, the need or what is a national need, how do we make it a national priority. thank you so much. [applause] congresswoman, we know the
stats, 70 million people can't afford the health care they need. moreyear, we need 32,000 health-care workers to make sure folks have the care they need. people lose $20 billion because they don't have access to family leave and sick leave. if you could address the economy and what it means to have a medicare for all system? >> many of you came here because of the specific issue in many folks seem to talk about medicare for all. here, it isu hear about creating a caring economy. it is not only do we want
medicare for all that will cover long-term care? but who can provide the long-term care? who can we employ to make sure they have human dignity as well, not just the people we care for. we want to make sure those in the workforce, creating a caring ouromy and making sure that folks when they want to take care of their families, that they are now back at work within a week. setting these values around families. it is about expanding access to care. we always talk about coverage. we talk about making sure people are covered. what does that actually entail? does that entail the people who will take care of our neighbors that need this? who are the people in the workforce that need coverage and paid sick leave? it is very important as we talk not only about the care for all but all of the other elements
that we have been fighting for, especially around a workforce that is really lacking. making sure they have fair wages and so. in the same brett that we are talking about other things, 90% of us prefer to age in our homes. i didn't even need to see that statistic. they don't want to leave their homes. we want to support that. of workers currently in the united states right now have access to paid family leave through an employer. think about that for one moment. people are one accident away. people have to choose their child.
nearly one quarter of moms go back to work within two weeks. returned of four men to jobs after one week or less after having a child. american families lose $20 billion in lost wages because they lack access to paid sick leave. it goes on and on. i think we get it here. especially in my district. it is supported, overwhelmingly. support 10 voters revenue to support a family medical leave program. eight in 10. they want the kind of support to make sure people are in a humane system. that the folks around them are treated with dignity. it is important, pushback. if there's anything we want to
pay into, it is a system that works for all of us. every single one of us will end up having to touch a care worker. we will have to touch a child or worker that has access to sick leave. care in ourhealth country. that we create the caring economy, caring system that is important. coverage is not enough. thank you. >> thank you congresswoman. is important, like you mentioned, that the people who are caring for us are not getting sick. they need to take time off or they are not stressed so they
can take a day or two off. all of you really talked about the need to make sure we have a comprehensive health care system that covers everyone, no matter what. doesn't matter if you are rich or poor. to make sure you have access to health care. when folks get older or have a long-term illness, they provide the care they need and you're making sure the folks giving that care are treated with respect. have at least a $15 minimum wage, access way union. that parents have access to something like child data. if you are a single dad you can take care of your child and work. if you are providing that childcare, that you get the respect and dignity that you deserve. talking about the long-term care. we have two things on the table.
caregiver economy encompassing everything we talked about right now. then we have medicare for all. today's event is a community conversation. we have a panelist up here to listen to all of you. in order to make this as fair as possible we will take a question from here and russian from there. if you have one raise your hand and i will come over and talk to you. most questions will be directed towards the congresswoman. tag in any of these incredible folks. i'm sure they have a lot of insight. don't fall asleep. [laughter] make sure you listen. ght.ill start off to my ri if you raise your hand, i will walk over to you and we will j ump to the other side. state your name, a quick reason why you are here and your
question. >> my name is kris. thank you very much for being here this evening. the question i have -- i feel like i am part of the caring majority and support all of these issues. i think some of the pushback i hear when i talk to neighbors and friend is not that they don't support medicare for all and they're even willing to pay for it as well as these other issues. they seem to have a concern does to family dynamics. when everything gets pushed over the coming -- professional caregivers. i hear that talking to my neighbors. that, i don'tard have a good thing to say. in michigan, we had a home .ealth care organization
specifically it was family members that were actually getting paid to stay home and take care of their loved one. it may be a child, it may be someone that required long-term care. instead of bringing an outside home, we trained family members and paid them. it was a very small amount. it covered transportation, the basics. it wasn't anything to get rich on. many were grandchildren taking care of grandparents. them.with many of they were organizing around this -- before the union and others were broken up. interests corporate
that did not want to see people moving away from nursing homes and facilities that created a revenue stream. it is up to us to see what that model looks like. it can be family members, it can be people of your choosing. we need to be able to provide for that caregiver, no matter who it is. it was wonderful because they had access to specific training through the state. it was really pushed forward within the agreement. cpr, allill teach you of these other processes to make sure you are qualified. it is an option. we can have this be part of the plan. [applause] >> spot on. >> just like the congresswoman said, we talk about professionalism. you talk about people who in the
beginning we were just doing the basic daily needs of our parents and we stayed home. that money was not that money was not a livable wage. if people are staying home to provide care to a family member, where does the livable wage come from? shortage,e have this we have to include the livable wages within the union, the right to form a union. chose to become a home carer, i was already working in the health care field. i had to come out of that job that was well-paying and had great benefits to take care of my ailing grandmother. i became part of the working poor. as we look at this, we have to
include livable wages, benefits, unionized jobs, and understand this is needed. it is the core of our society right now. [applause] >> question on this side. she can talk as long as she wants. >> cassandra walker of highland park. you, tlaibme to tell , hello. we help people who have problems with the department of human services. i have recently seen members coming in who are having problems getting health care. gotten gentleman who had his red and blue card. but he has to have a long transplant. he has to get extra coverage.
when he applied for it, they denied him, saying he made too much. 4,000 a year. $1 but insurance and doctors are telling him he needs extra coverage for them to do lung surgery. the provider to service, i had a woman who went to a hearing on the matter because the doctor did not specify or circle the thing she needed. she is on oxygen, so she is exhausted when it comes to doing things -- moving, really. they denied her services. now we have to go and reapply for the services. not only are they not paying the people well, but they are also denying people the services they need even when the doctors
specify that they need the help. i do want to emphasize this. raise your hand if you understand what i mean. coverage does not mean you're saved. there is this movement by congress before i got there, let's just cover more people. realize the coverage is lower. you are paying more out of your pocket. when we passed the affordable care act of course it was great, but not perfect. private health care companies are making record profits. they have not made this amount of money ever. i want you to know we covered 25% more of our neighbors, and yes it did save lives. we have to admit it has. not only many stories, the co-pay, the deductible, it
is such a cycle of poverty. many folks are paying deductibles as if they are mortgages. they cannot buy their own home. we see less and less homeownership, especially in communities of color, because of the high price of health care. >> medicare for all essentially, if you are sick and need a medical service, you will automatically get it, right? sayo you have to call and -- or is it up to the doctor to say if you need a new long, -- lung, or is there another your crack? >> that is oversimplified somewhat. but it is true medicare will cover more people and it gets rid of co-pays, deductibles and so forth, it is a single-payer system. yes, it would transition away from these kind of health care
aans that basically do become challenge an issue for people to survive. bear access to long-term care which prevents them from living longer because they do not have access to it because medicare does not cover now. there is pushback. all, no for now -- for more deductibles or premiums. it is a system of expanding what we currently have, but closer to a single-payer system, closer to universal health care. i do not think anything will be perfect, but one thing i ask my colleagues to recognize is that it is broken still. it is very broken. until we not allow corporate entities to help write these
bills, it will continue to create loopholes and more of a for-profit system for health care, versus us trying to circumvent that and say, no, there has to be humane health care for our residents, first, period. it does mean it will not be profit driven anymore. that would probably include your a lungwho had al ung -- transplant. your friend would be covered because it would not be based on current coverage, but expanded coverage which would not require bureaucracy and red tape he has to go through now. >> the government is not looking to make money from the system, just to be clear? it is not profit driven? >> what i mean right now is many of our private health care getems -- many people
through the affordable care act, through that or private employment, all of those systems right now -- i have people whoing for the big three, were literally working in terms of how much they're taking out of their pockets for health care, they are still the working income level. would notsaying is, i say that. i do not know what to call it, but medicare for all is expanding what we have now but for more people. it takes away the age requirement. it talks about specifically being able to do what we have toe with prescription drugs, do the bidding similar to what we do with veterans so people can have access to prescription drugs. all of those systems in place
now driven by private health plans that are not working for our residents anymore. >> i lived in ontario in canada. i got sick. i went to the hospital, i got service. it was not a long time and i never received a bill. it does work. [applause] >> hi. >> hi. i do not have a question. my name is laura. i wanted to piggyback on what congresswoman said. i work for a financial services company. they havei work with boats and go to europe and i am the receptionist. i am making less than i have ever made in this industry.
i have been in this industry since 1978. i get five days off a year and i buy insurance for me and my adult children. it is 1/3 of my salary. 1/3. right now i'm's post be getting tests, a mammogram. i know what that is going to cost. because --g them off working poor is a real thing. when i hear that people do not have health care it breaks my care, but i do have health and it is killing me. i cannot move out of where i am. [applause] >> thank you for sharing that story. a question in the back. i want to emphasize, if you do
have a question, we want to prioritize those so we take advantage of this panel and their experience and expertise. >> i wanted to say i am a retiree from local 22, uaw. i retired in 2004. i thought i was going to live the life. it turned into a nightmare because of health care. i had to really think about what was going on and there was a group of us that got together, retirees, saying, something is really wrong here. we started looking at a program called single-payer and we started pushing the uaw and everybody else to get as much information as we could to understand this is what we need. even as a retiree with a so-called cadillac plan, co-pays and deductible kill you. you are on a fixed income. your money does not increase
every month. if you get a bill for $400 this month, where is the food coming from? you cannot do it. even the best plans do not work. single-payer is the only way. ando-pays, no deductibles, it takes the profit out of it. that is the real issue. these companies are making profit off of us. they always have been. we have got to convince people this is the only way. take the profit out, let's take care of people. >> [indiscernible] >> she is right. the question becomes, at what point do we say, making profit off me getting sick is no longer morally acceptable? show folks would ather say, i would have
marginal increase in my taxes and never have to worry about a s ever again if it means every year when i pay my taxes it is included and you no longer have to make the decision feeling well.not should i go to the doctor? is it worth $50? these people decisions people are making, this is the system that would try to limit that. the -- eliminate that. the other question about the caring economy, how do we envision an economy that is holistic in its approach of caring for people that need it and making sure those who are doing the care are thought of when we build that process? any questions from the side? i will take one from the back. i will make it quick.
i have seen you looking at your watch. my name is lauren mcgee. is the system completely broke? i had a kidney transplant. it seemed to be pretty smooth. i had no out-of-pocket cost. member -- i, -- i am a u aw member. 100%.ills come in at i am not defending the system because i know other people have problems, too, but it seemed to go pretty smooth for me. >> i think it would continue to be smooth for you with medicare for all, except you would not have to pay out-of-pocket costs. a lot of things you might not see is being charged toward your paycheck.
take a closer look. you having access to humane health care system should not be based and attached to your employer. that is something i want to emphasize. the next day you could lose your employment, something could happen. you should be able to still have that procedure done without ever having to worry about that. slma, i thought that was mandated by the government, that you have a certain amount of flmayees, you were granted . amount ofe x employees you would have flma, is that correct? >> the majority of your neighbors do not have access to flma. i cannot remember the statistic i gave today, but specific folks will not have access. it is close to 60% of low income
of moms goen 1/4 back to work within two weeks. i do not know if you have tried it, six weeks is the standard you hear. it is not extended to the other parent. maybe their employer does not allow it. if you have a job and think it is part of the package, it is not. the number one of one issues i have been hearing from folks in the service industry. in majority of my residents the 13th congressional district, the majority of the people i am encountering when i'm talking to them do not have access to flma, but they are working. they are on the front lines of
-- we probably touch those workers more than you realize. not just through restaurants. work at the, many airport and other places and do not have access to flma. >> thank you for being here and thank you for your stories. i have a pre-existing condition. i used obama care for a year or -- insureure myself myself while i was starting a company. i am in favor of medicare for all in theory. my concern that in practice it law.be a 1000 pages long how can we be sure it will be
implemented well? are there a couple small examples that are concrete and understandable that other countries do to implement it well, or poorly, that we could avoid the examples they set? i want you also know it is our responsibility to continue to fight. even if we pass medicare for all tomorrow we have to make sure it is implemented the right way. various policies, even if we passed legislation today, it depends who is in ministration depend he is not there -- in administration. pretend he is not there. it depends on us demanding it happens in a certain way. taking out corporate greed, the profit driven, will give us more leverage for our families, at least for us to have a
thoughtful conversation without the other side of the private health care system trying to gaslight us to believe it is not working, there will be long lines, but it is our responsibility. we passed the clean air act. that was a massive transformation of how we treated our air in our country. you know it is not working anymore? permission to pollute is not working anymore. emphasized it we to be enforceable. currently i have corporate 5%lluters that will release 72 beyond their permit, they get 21 days to adjust it. the point is, it is our responsibility to make sure it is done in the right way. it will require changes here and goes on, but it is
our responsibility to one, recognize we have a duty to hold everybody accountable. if we can all agree it is inefficient now, and this gets us closer to access and people being able to afford it finally, i think that at least opens the door to us having a real seat at the table. -- i wasg in the past a current state rep when this happened. did not truly feel like we had a seat at the table at the time because profit, private health care systems were at the table demanding certain things that to trulyted any way have a humane health care system through the affordable care act. >> questions or comments? >> a lot of work to do. >> thank you.
good evening, everyone. and a community leader community chair for highland park census 2020. part of why i am here is to offer support for these initiatives. i am also an entrepreneur. that being said, i have a 10 month old as a single mom. wenton as i had him, i back to work the next day and have not had a rake since. the same week my father had a series of three strokes and became totally disabled. because my parents, both of them, were never employed as far as another employer, they were self-employed, they barely get social security. coulded into adult care, not afford that. so now my parents live with me full-time and i am taking care of both my parents and my son
alone. and i am nots, able to afford daycare -- right now i am taking time off from work and watching my dad and helping care for him. also caring for my son. when i do go into my office my son is at work with me. my question more specifically is, how do we start mobilizing and fixing, looking at solutions for affordable daycare, and a home adult care in these types of instances? it is understanding and recognition we have to make priorities. until we make them a priority, we will find money for it. any time people say we can't do it i say, if we prioritize -- children and families have to come first. our sick have to come first.
the massiveing difference between what we find in defense funding versus human and health services is outstanding. people said, why did you vote for that? $732 billion for defense. we can't even get clean drinking water in our schools. [applause] audit,here is truly an seeing the discrepancy of what we prioritize before we put our people first -- the supporting ourn families, the systems that are required to be put in place, are dwindling. it is those that have versus those that don't. starting yourtry, own business, but you also want to be a good mother and daughter. you should have the support system to do that. we are all good intended people that want to take care of our families.
we should have those support networks. the majority of americans believe in it, believe these things should be prioritized and funded. too bold.k these are i give them the story of congresswoman shirley these are old, and they always tell them the story of shirley chisholm, who said kids who are hungry cannot learn. we have free lunches for kids in school and we can't imagine not having free lunches for kids in school today. worry about quality because the quality is getting worse, folks. i thought it was bad when i was a kid. have ant is we responsibility i think to recognizing there is a crisis and childcare is a crisis. health care is a crisis. until we do that, we are never g