Kerry calling for healthcare hearing

Sen. John KerryJohn KerryThe evidence backs Trump: We have a duty to doubt election results Effective sanctions relief on Iran for sanctions’ sake What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? MORE (D-Mass.) today will announce a “tremendous number” of grassroots supporters of his plan to provide health insurance to all children.

The expected announcement suggests that Kerry is keeping his vow to become a major legislative player in the Senate after his loss to President Bush in the November election. Before his presidential run, Kerry’s involvement in healthcare issues was minimal and often overshadowed by the efforts of the senior senator from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy (D).

Kerry e-mailed a list of supporters of his presidential campaign in January urging them to back his legislation by signing on to a petition at

In a press conference today, Kerry will call on Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFreeing the False Claims Act Key GOP chairman calls for 'robust review' of AT&T-Time Warner deal Report: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas MORE (R-Iowa) to hold hearings on Kerry’s Kids Come First Act. The legislation would expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid to offer health insurance to every person in the United States younger than 21.

Organizations that are participating in the press conference include Families USA, the National Association of Community Health Centers, Every Child Matters and the AFL-CIO.

Mark H. Rodeffer