Rep. Ron Kind

Shaping Rules of Globalization Rather Than Allowing It to Be Done to Us
New Democrats seek to expand middle class, be a check against Trump’s darker impulses

One thing people made abundantly clear during the election this year is that far too many hardworking people are not feeling the positive effects of the economic recovery. That needs to change. The current economy is not the one I grew up in and certainly not the one my grandchildren will grow up in. We need to help lead for the economy of the future, not the economy of fifty years ago. We need to do more now to prepare future generations of Americans to be full participants in this global economy.

Globalization and digitization have transformed where and how jobs are created, and as lawmakers, we need to rethink infrastructure, regulations, the tax code and export policy to best enable private-sector job creation. The New Democrat Coalition, a group of 52 pro-growth Democrats in the House of Representatives, is working to ensure that Americans can compete in our global economy. From Silicon Valley to rural Wisconsin to the city centers of the East Coast, we must come together after the grueling campaign and find constructive issues we can work on to help Americans across the nation.

Kind and Katen-Bahensky: The Budget Case for Combating Childhood Obesity

Parents will tell you that the obesity epidemic, which today affects one-third of America’s children, is now their leading health concern. Policymakers, business leaders and health care professionals share that worry. Childhood obesity is not only a serious health epidemic; it is also a perilous problem for the budget.

A new study, released today by the Campaign to End Obesity, points to the economic imperative of taking real action on obesity, especially when it comes to our children.

Health Reform Must Focus on Quality of Care

America needs a new health care system that provides more choices, lower costs, better care and more coverage — but we must change the way we pay for it. We must focus on the value of care versus the volume of care if we want to control costs and encourage doctors to provide the best care at a price we can afford. I am pleased that the Affordable Health Care for America Act took steps to do just that.

Studies show that close to 30 percent of all health care spending each year, approximately $700 billion, goes to treatment and procedures that do not improve patient care. The over-utilization of health care drives up prices, has little value to patients and can actually lead to worse results. A system focused on the value of care will transform our health care system and will lead to better results at a lower cost.