CA17: Honda on Obamacare, Khanna on women

Rep. Mike Honda will host a town hall meeting on how Obamacare’s implementation will affect his 17th District constituents. Representatives from Covered California – the state’s health benefit exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, which starts enrollment Oct. 1 – will attend the meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway.

Honda, D-San Jose, earlier this week announced more than 49,000 people across the nation had signed his petition to end the Food and Drug Administration’s policy of banning all blood donations from gay and bi-sexual men. (As of now, more than 50,000 have signed, still short of the 75,000 he’d sought. see update below) The policy has been in effect for more than 30 years, but the issue rose to prominence in his district this summer after Campbell Mayor Evan Low was turned away from a blood drive he’d organized. Honda notes he’s been urging a change in the policy since 2008, when San Jose State University suspended campus blood drives because of the ban.

Honda’s Democratic challenger, former Obama administration official Ro Khanna of Fremont, held a Women’s Equality Day event at his campaign office Monday night to roll out his “Women in the Workplace Agenda.” The plan includes promoting family-friendly work environments, removing workplace inequities, increasing women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and supporting women entrepreneurs.

Khanna and his campaign volunteers will be pounding the pavement this Saturday in San Jose.

UPDATE @ 1:22 P.M.: A clarification – I’m told that Honda’s petition’s signature goal automatically increases as various thresholds are surpassed. So, the goal increased from 50,000 to 75,000 when the 50k mark was passed.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • blue collar voter

    I feel real strongly kicking out another weak, lazy, ineffective entrenched incumbent from the NorCal Democratic Congressional delegation – like elderly Mike Honda – will send a powerful message to the rest of the delegation. The Washington Post has reported 60% of the new jobs created in this tepid recovery are food service, retail, and low level office jobs, jobs that don’t pay enough to support a single person, let alone a family. Members of Congress must answer for the continued decimation of the middle class in the US. At this point in history we need new ideas, new approaches to getting the US economy back on track. That’s why I strongly supported ousting bumbling incumbent Pete Stark from Congress, and why I think Honda has to be thrown over board to. The old clubby days of the NorCal delegation – the era when members could coast – working as little as possible, like Stark and Honda have been doing for years, are over, I think.
    I believe strongly you need people in Congress who have a laser like approach to re-building the middle class, we need people in Congress who spend 16 hours a day trying to figure out ways to get high paying jobs to their constituents. Honda, as has been reported, won’t even meet with his constituents, only a newspaper article shamed him into calling a town hall meeting. Honda, in fact, has no answers why the new jobs all pay 9 bucks and are part time.
    Solving this problem – the fact that fewer and fewer middle class jobs are being created – is priority one for Congress – the older generation – like Stark and Honda – have dropped football on jobs, so I think you’ve got to turn to new leaders, like Eric Swalwell or Ro Khanna. These guys are workhorses and fighters for the middle class.

  • Elwood

    @ 1

    Do you get paid by the word?

    Do you get paid more for saying the same stupid crap over and over?

  • RR Senile Columnist

    RoK wants “family-friendly” workplaces–how about a deli where a waitress can place a pooping baby next to your table?