Chris Kennedy touted health care coverage as a vital part of the “American dream” this week — yet newly filed campaign expenditures show the Democratic gubernatorial candidate hasn’t paid health insurance costs for his own campaign employees.
The Democrat’s campaign officials says they offered coverage, but no one took them up on it.
That puts Kennedy at odds with at least four other gubernatorial campaigns.
Democrats J.B. Pritzker, state Sen. Daniel Biss and Ald. Ameya Pawar, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, all listed health insurance payments on campaign disclosure reports due on Monday.
But Kennedy’s health insurance payments are missing.
“It’s something you’d expect to see,” said Sarah Brune, executive director for the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
* From Kennedy’s campaign manager…
Let’s be clear: Kennedy for Illinois offers full health insurance coverage to all full-time staff members.
My team and I work for a candidate who believes healthcare is a civil right. There’s no discrepancy, no false promises.
Today’s Chicago Sun-Times story is a total nonstory that led with a couple iterations of a blatantly false headline posted online before editors settled on this misleading headline for print.
My pregnant wife delivered our first child prematurely. She has to have weekly shots to help her carry this pregnancy full term. We need health insurance and we have it, which is why I didn’t take the campaign up on its offer for healthcare coverage.
I wasn’t the only one who declined health insurance offered through the campaign. In fact, for the bulk of this campaign, all full-time staff members declined because they had other sources of coverage.
However, as support behind our campaign grows, so does our staff. We now have four staff members who recently requested healthcare coverage and will receive it effective this current quarter.
It’s disheartening that the topic of healthcare coverage, something so critically important to all of us, was irresponsibly reported.
Back to work,
Kennedy for Illinois